BMW's participation in the World Superbike Championship is likely to continue as planned, despite the shock announcement that the manufacturer will quit Formula 1 at the conclusion of the season.

The German manufacturer called a press conference to announce a 're-alignment' of its motorsport activities, with their Formula 1 programme being canned at the end of what will be its fifth season as a fully fledged manufacturer entry.

BMW follow Honda out of Formula 1, raising fears that they will also scale back their motorcycle activities following the Japanese firm's decision to withdraw from the AMA Superbike Championship.

However, while this announcement is based around their four-wheel involvement, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW A.G. Norbert Reithofer confirmed its withdrawal is from Formula 1 only.

BMW, competing in their first road-racing world championship this season, enjoyed their best race weekend to date at last weekend's Brno round with Troy Corser qualifying sixth, leading both races and scoring a best finish of fifth.

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