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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Feuling Parts

Feuling Signs Rubén Xaus for 2024 BRL/KOTB

After an initial first outing at Willow Springs in November 2023, Feuling Parts has confirmed that Spaniard and former WorldSBK and MotoGP ace Rubén Xaus will be piloting the 'Flying Pig' for Feuling at all four round of the Bagger Racing League series this year.

Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1978, Xaus (nicknamed 'Spider-Man' for his lanky frame) raced in a range of series in Europe (Thunderbikes, German Pro-Superbikes), moving into World Supersport in 1997 - scoring his first ever victory at Misano in 2000 with the official Ducati factory team.

Former MotoGP and WSBK star Rubén Xaus will race all four BRL rounds for Feuling in 2024.

He moved into WorldSBK with Ducati, and alongside then-Champion Troy Bayliss in 2001, became the first Spaniard to take a win in the Superbike World Championship. His sixth in the WorldSBK championship that season was followed by the same again in 2002, and then came his career highlight as WorldSBK runner-up after seven victories and 15 podiums in total behind teammate and Champion Neil Hodgson in 2003.

Luke Leatherman (left): "If anyone can make the pig fly, it'll be Rubén!"

Xaus made his move into the MotoGP World Championship in 2004 as part of the satellite D'Antin Ducati team. 'Rookie of the Year' title and 11th place overall in the championship standings saw him in 2005 move to the Fortuna Yamaha Team to ride alongside Toni Elías. 

Xaus on the 'Flying Pig' at Willow Springs in November 2023.

After a return to WorldSBK in 2006, he rode alongside Max Biaggi on the Ducati 1098R in 2008, moving to the BMW factory team on the S1000RR in 2009.

Speaking at the recent Drag Specialties NVP and Parts Expo at Louisville, Feuling CEO Luke Leatherman told AMD: "Of course, we are very pleased to have Rubén on board for the season, and if anyone can make the pig fly, it'll be him!"

BRL Schedule 2024

Round 1 - May 24-26, Motorsport Park, Hastings, NE

Round 2 - June 28-30, Gingerman Raceway, MI

Round 3 - August 9-11, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ON

Round 4 - Finals November 16-17, Willow Springs International Raceway, California

New classes this year will include the SUPER STREET and Liquid Twins classes - in addition to the Bagger GP (premier class), Pro Stock Bagger, Air-Cooled Twins, Liquid Twins and American Twins Unlimited (ATU), BRL's 'Run what You Brung" class. 

Super Street is a new entry level class for all riders and dealers.