BMW Motorrad Motorsport has confirmed that Andrea Dosoli will take over as Head of Race Operations for the factory's WSBK team with immediate effect.

The 39-year-old's role involves managing the race team at races and tests. The Italian will also act as an interface with the marketers and championship organisers, as well as forming a link to suppliers.

Dosoli takes over the duties of the previous Head of Race Operations, Rainer B?umel, who left the factory team at the end of the 2011 season to take over management of a new vehicle project at BMW Motorrad.

"We are delighted to be able to welcome Andrea Dosoli on board," said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier. "He has been involved in motorcycle racing for many years and boasts a wealth of experience as team manager.

"I am certain that Andrea is the ideal man to head our race team. With Andrea and our two works riders, Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri, we are well positioned for the coming season. We are looking forward to working together."

Dosoli entered the world of racing at the age of 25, as a mechanic in the 125cc World Championship. From 2001 to 2010 he held the role of technical manager and then team manager.

Dosoli was in charge of the Hayate team formed to run Melandri after Kawasaki's official MotoGP withdraw and, after spending 2010 in charge of Forward Racing in Moto2, Dosoli rejoined Melandri when both left grand prix for the factory Yamaha WSBK team.

Following Yamaha's withdraw, Dosoli now moves with Melandri to BMW.

"I am really motivated to succeed in my new role at BMW Motorrad Motorsport," he said. "Recent years have shown that the team and the S1000RR have a lot of potential. It is now a matter of tapping the full capability. I am really looking forward to doing my bit.

"Marco Melandri is an old acquaintance: we have already worked together in MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship in the past. Leon Haslam has also demonstrated just what he is capable of, and I am looking forward to working with him.

"I hope we will see both of them on the top step of the podium this year."

BMW's main aim will be to win its first WSBK race in 2012, which will be the factory's fourth season in the championship.