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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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 7:28 PM

A shame, but predictable - I just expected them to pull out in another year or two.

But - the positives - they are still supporting a racing team in WSBK unlike Yamaha and Suzuki.

Shame that there will be even less seats available in WSBK.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 7:36 PM

@Keefypee - Colin Edwards MotoGP bike has a BMW engine, however I recently read an interview with him in which he was bemoaning the lack of support from BMW with the electronics. They have not even been allowed to use the WSBK electronics package.

Also the team have criticised the engine mounting points saying they need to be moved from the head to a lower position as they are on other MotoGP bikes - so that flex can be introduced into the frame at that point.

In last weeks MCN Edwards said he wouldn't mind if the team switched to a Vespa!

I am sure he was exaggerating, but the team are considering engines from kawasaki, Honda and Aprilia.

Mad Phil - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 7:41 PM

I said a few weeks ago that Leon is toast,no more room at the inn,the only decent rides will be Ducati or kawasaki,but they will have to get rid of Tom first,which could be likely,or both haslam+sykes could be back in bsb..

shamarone

July 16, 2012 9:11 PM

i'm not sure we're reading this properly. knowing BMW it was piss-poor translation from german (S.O.P. this). yes, they are just axing 1 of the teams, but i would assume marco and his italian crew are staying (as well as haslam) just no longer overseen by the ne-er-do-well alpha crew. manu's cans will endure...!!! on this you can be sure. :)

with the addition of dosoli, munich finally appears willing to take direction from somebody italian. this is something they were clearly unable to do initially with tardozzi. a proactive bunch, they are just shoring themselves up now for the forthcoming audi attacks. this all this is. again, you don't need 4 and 6 challengers tripping over one another, when the title and the accolades will only ever go to one rider and his brand anyway.

Locky - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 9:25 PM

Looks like a classic case of the marketing guys winning the argument with the engineers.
Bit of a coup to subcontract the gig to the Italians though, this could be seen as a slap in the face to the German race engineers.
BMW seem to lack the corporate bottle to tackle Grand Prix, given their size and depth of pockets they have looked quite shabby in WSB with Aprilia beating the socks off them with the RSV4 in 2010.
Bean counters don't do racing so maybe it's better this way?

Wolfy35

July 16, 2012 11:15 PM

Middle of last year there were rumours that BMW would drop to one team for 2013 & the team would be Checa + ?.
At the time it was only reported in Italian media on one or two websites that were not very reliable however today BMW announce they are dropping to one team & it is reported on GPone that the riders expected to get the seats are... Checa & Melandri

Time will tell who gets the seats anything else at the moment is pure speculation.

Chechinello Junior - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 3:12 AM

Typical BMW move.

Those guys need to pull their heads out of their arsses.

Right in the moment that Melandri turned their fortunes around, and they are finnaly winning races regularly,and Motorrad Italia got a deep pocket sponsor for their team in order to keep buying their updates, they decide to bail.

Shame onyou BMW.

I hope Melandri stays at Italia Motorrad, cause if theres anyone who deserves it, is him.
If not, hope he goes to Ducati, and becomes world champion right on the Germans faces.

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