Rubén Xaus

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Rubén Xaus
Ruben Xaus 2006.jpg
Rubén Xaus
Nationality Spanish
Born (1978-02-18) February 18, 1978 (age 36)
Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalunya (Spain)
Website rubenxaus.net

Rubén Xaus (born 18 February 1978 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a retired motorcycle road racer. During his career he competed in both the Superbike World Championship and the MotoGP. He is nicknamed 'Spider-Man', as his lanky frame leads him to hang over the bike in an unusual way.

Early years[edit]

His father, who competed in amateur mountain bicycle races, gave Xaus his first motorcycle at the age of five, a Montesa 25cc. Aged 14 he was racing dirt-bikes, but his father convinced him to turn his attentions towards road racing. Xaus took part in the 125cc Catalan Championship, the 125cc Solo Moto Criterium, and that same year he took victory in the 80cc Catalonia Supermoto Championship.

In 1994 he competed in the Open Ducados Supersport series in Spain – finishing 17th place, improving to third the following year. In 1995 he entered the FIM Thunderbike trophy and contested four 250cc Grand Prix. Xaus finished sixth in Thunderbike in 1996, moving to World Supersport in 1997 taking 17th overall.

In 1998 he rode in the German Pro-Superbike series, taking sixth place overall. In 1999 he finished fifth in the Supersport World Championship, taking his first ever victory at Misano. In 2000 he rode one of the official Ducati factory team Supersport bikes, finishing seventh and taking one victory.

Superbikes[edit]

For 2001 he moved to the factory Ducati Superbike team in partnership with then-champion Troy Bayliss. He struggled early in the season, with a best result of 5th from the first 8 meetings. However, in race 2 at Oschersleben he became the first Spaniard ever to take victory in the Superbike World Championship. A pair of 2nds at Assen (helping Bayliss to clinch the title) and a second win at Imola gave him sixth in the championship. Sixth place in 2002 was followed by fifteen podiums and seven victories in 2003, finishing runner up to team mate Neil Hodgson

MotoGP[edit]

Xaus made his move into the MotoGP World Championship in 2004 as part of the satellite D'Antin Ducati team. The team was grossly under funded and could not afford testing time, but Xaus adapted better to the situation than team mate Hodgson. Consistent points-scoring performances and a first podium at Qatar saw him snap up the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title and 11th place overall in the championship standings. In 2005 he moved to the Fortuna Yamaha Team to ride alongside his friend Toni Elías. But a more pronounced power delivery and difficult chassis and Xaus's charging/forced riding style meant he looked a different rider to the one of 2004. He crashed numerous times, finishing 16th overall with a best finish of 10th [1].


By season[edit]

Season Class Moto Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2004 MotoGP GP4 16 0 1 0 0 77 11th  –
2005 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 16 0 0 0 0 52 16th  –
Total 32 0 1 0 0 129 0

Superbikes part 2[edit]

For 2006 he returned to the Superbike World Championship, with a ride for the new Italian satellite Ducati team Sterilgarda Berik, alongside team owner Marco Borciani. He twice set the fastest lap, but his fast charges often ended in crashes, and he was only 14th overall.

He ended the 2007 season 6th with a total 201 points (next behind the former world champion Troy Corser), scoring the team's first victory in Valencia.

For 2008 Xaus was joined by Max Biaggi on a Ducati 1098R for Sterilgarda-GoEleven, under the team management of Borciani. He finished 2nd in race 2 at the season-opening event in Qatar and took a victory at Misano in Race 2 in front of Biaggi and Bayliss, but has had no further podiums. At Donnington Park he believed he had finished 3rd in a race stopped by heavy rain, but found out immediately before the podium celebration that he had been disqualified for not returning to the pits quickly enough after crashing immediately before the race was stopped. He then refused to leave the podium and verbally assaulted the marshals, including the rider who inherited the third spot on the podium - his team-mate Max Biaggi[2]. With three rounds remaining he lies 10th in the standings.

On 26 June 2008, Xaus signed to ride the BMW S1000RR bike for the factory BMW Motorrad team in the 2009 WSB Championship.[1][2]

Personal data[edit]

On 16 March 2007 Xaus married long term partner Mariona. The wedding was held in Andorra, where the couple live with their daughter Julia, who was born in November 2006.[3]

Xaus' hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding and golf. He is 183 cm tall and weighs 74 kg.

Career history[edit]

World Superbike Championship[edit]

Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
EUR
European Union
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2006 SBK Ducati 15 10 7 8 7 Ret Ret 15 4 7 9 9 Ret 14 10 10 Ret 5 15 9 Ret Ret 14th 103
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
EUR
European Union
ESP
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
GBR
United Kingdom
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pts Pos Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2007 SBK Ducati 10 9 7 6 Ret 4 1 4 3 Ret 12 13 9 8 7 12 10 4 6 12 6 Ret 6 8 10 6th 201
Yr Class Team QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
GER
Germany
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
European Union
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2008 SBK Ducati 4 2 4 4 Ret 7 16 4 Ret 7 14 Ret 6 8 4 1 Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret 8 Ret 12 Ret 5 9 Ret 10th 178
Yr Class Team AUS
Australia
QAT
Qatar
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 SBK BMW 19 11 13 10 13 16 14 11 7 9 Ret Ret 21 16 14 16 15 9 Ret DNS 12 13 11 12 8 Ret 17th 74
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
POR
Portugal
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2010 SBK BMW DNS DNS 10 12 12 11 Ret 10 6 Ret 14 11 10 11 Ret Ret 5 Ret 17 11 7 9 12 9 Ret DNS 15th 88

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Régis Laconi
Yvan Muller
Gilles Panizzi
Race of Champions
Nations' Cup

2001 with:
Fernando Alonso
Jesús Puras
Succeeded by
Colin Edwards
Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson