BMW head into the new World Superbike season eager to pick up where they left off by vowing to become a regular contender for top five finishes and podiums in 2010.

The German manufacturer begins its sophomore WSBK season later this month, a year after it made its well documented debut in international racing.

Since then, BMW has made notable strides to move towards the sharp end of the busy mid-field, eventually ending the year with a best result of fifth at Brno, courtesy of Troy Corser.

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Launching its 2010 campaign in Munich, where the latest evolution S1000RR was unveiled, BMW objective is to continue progressing by getting onto the podium and challenging for the top five on a regular basis.

"Our goal is to close the gap to the leading teams," said BMW Motorrad director Berthold Hauser. "We are aiming to finish in the top five as regularly as possible and pick up our first podium. That's the ambitious aim we have set ourselves for our second year in what is an extremely challenging World Championship.

"However, we are well aware that our competitors have not been standing still either. The Superbike World Championship brings us up against six motorcycle manufacturers who have established themselves on the race track.

"You can set yourself aims in sport and make plans to achieve them, but you cannot dictate results - those have to be earned out on the track. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport is working flat out to make this possible."

Although BMW has retained the services of Corser and Ruben Xaus, who between them have started a remarkable 507 World Superbike races, there have been bigger changes behind the scenes, with Davide Tardozzi taking on the role of team manager after defecting from champions Ducati Xerox.

As well as a best finish of fifth, Corser also made history by scoring the fastest race lap on the team's debut in Australia, while he also briefly led both races at Brno.