BMW has confirmed Davide Tardozzi has been released from his BMW contract after less than a season, citing disagreements over the team's structure.
Tardozzi joined BMW to great fanfare at the beginning of the year, the Italian being lured from Ducati having helmed it to a series of successes until his departure at the end of the 2009 season.
However, despite being considered instrumental in BMW's rise up the World Superbike order this season – only its second in the series -, rumours that Tardozzi was due to leave already had surfaced in recent weeks.
With Tardozzi not present at the final round of the season at Magny-Cours, BMW released a short statement confirming the termination of his contract.
"With his wealth of experience Davide has been a great help to us this season in his role as Team Manager,” said Berthold Hauser. “However, he and the team had different ideas regarding the structure of the team. We would like to thank Davide for his contribution to a good partnership and wish him all the best for the future."
Under the direction of Tardozzi, Troy Corser scored BMW's first podium and pole position in 2010. The Australian rider will be joined by 2010 runner-up Leon Haslam next year.