The two-year agreement will see Xaus ride the new BMW S1000RR for the German manufacturer’s fledgling WSBK team.
“When I met the BMW guys, I was very impressed by their commitment, their passion for racing and their ideas about the future. We discussed how the WSBK project was going and I realized that I wanted to be a part of it straightaway,” says Xaus. “It is not often that you get the chance to start a completely new project, but I am really looking forward to the challenge. Although it’s going to be tough racing a new bike, I believe BMW will give me a good bike and great support and that’s all I ask for.”
The native of Barcelona, Spain is currently in seventh place in the WSBK standings racing for the Ducati satellite team Sterilgarda Go Eleven. In 138 career Superbike races, Xaus has ten wins and reached the podium 34 times. His best season was in 2003 when he finished second in the standings behind Neil Hodgson. Xaus also raced in the MotoGP series in 2004 and 2005.
“Ruben is a strong and combative rider, full of enthusiasm and with a passion for racing. This fits our philosophy completely and together we will take on this new challenge,” says Peter Mueller, executive vice president of development and model lines for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. “We know that the Superbike World Championship is a very hard and competitive series, but we are not entering it just to make up the numbers: we will be taking part because we want to win! Of course, we are starting with a brand new bike but, together with Ruben, we believe we can progress quickly and maybe surprise a few people along the way.”
2009 BMW S1000RR Preview