WSBK » BMW restructures, slims to one team for 2013

BMW announces it is reducing its involvement in the 2013 World Superbike Championship by switching allegiance to BMW Italia and running just two factory-assisted bikes.

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bob - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 3:33 PM

Melandri is the kiss of death, went to yamaha, they quit, went to BMW now there pulling out, if marco turned up as my team mate i'd start looking for another ride!!!

Ninja - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 3:55 PM

BMW's new CEO/Big Shot isn't so keen on racing. The previous chap did and was according to sources, a keen biker too. When this new dude was appointed the racing divisions had a feeling this was on the horizon. Clearly they weren't wrong. Yes, consultants probably made a strong business case for them to "out source" their SBK racing effort which apparently cost a small fortune (and was enough to fund a GP outift)

I dont see BMW in motogp until the rules are clearly defined which wont be for another few years. Even if it is, they'll need to convince a board that racing in the world's premier class is worthy of an effort.

I'm not holding my breath. If they join Motogp, it'll be on their terms and you know how unlikley that is.


July 16, 2012 4:31 PM

Don't buy a BMW if your a motorsport fan, they obviously don't give a sh1t about it and treat it like a marketing tool only.

Hope they get nowhere in their precious DTM.

Slider - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 6:06 PM

.........The official BMW team Leon/Marco is closing end of 2012.

The Italian outfit will run the Factory supported BMW's next season, Team/Sponsor/Riders tba. :)

Keefypee - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 7:02 PM

@ ninja
So BMW won't be in Moto GP? So, what is Colin Edwards riding?
I know he's at the back, (about a week behind the others) & doesn't get much TV time, but it's still a BM.
Mind you, he's been on a lot of other bikes today at Mugello so watch this space.....

HondaRacingFan - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 7:10 PM

When will BMW stick to something? they enter a championship and then they always seem to regret entering or get bored quickly. If you not going to commit to a championship don't bother bloody entering net time BMW. one manufacturer if i was a pro driver or rider, i would never get involved with them.


July 16, 2012 7:22 PM

BMW is a little bit lofty, they win some races (not even the championship) so they are not interested anymore.
The comments about poor Melandri losing his job don't make too much sense, it's clear that BMW don't quits like Yamaha did, but they will move factory support to a satellite team like Ducati did with Althea. I think they will run Melandri and Badovini. The name BMW ITALIA doesn't promise too much good for Haslam.

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