BMW Italia to be sole factory team in 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.
BMW Motorrad has announced that it will reduce its World Superbike Championship efforts in 2013 by slimming its current two-team structure to support just one outfit and handing factory priority to the current BMW Italia concern.

Joining forces with Alpha Racing, BMW Motorrad made its international track racing debut in 2009 with the all-new S1000RR and has made significant strides over the last three and a half seasons.

However, just as BMW is enjoying its most successful campaign to date having seen Marco Melandri notch up three WSBK victories this season, the German manufacturer has confirmed it will undergo a significant restructure for 2013.

The key change in this move will see satellite operation BMW Italia promoted to become the manufacturer's sole factory representative in 2013, leaving no room for the current factory-backed Alpha Racing concern.

A note in the issued press release read: "BMW Motorrad Italia will take responsibility for the factory race and test team as well as for chassis development. BMW in Munich will be entirely responsible for developing the power train and electronics."

Intended to make the structure 'leaner and more efficient', BMW Motorrad's Stephan Schaller insists BMW remains committed to the championship.

“Our decision represents a commitment by BMW Motorrad to motor sports. We have developed this commitment from a position of strength. The Superbike World Championship will continue to be the right platform for BMW Motorrad next year to demonstrate our expertise as a manufacturer of sports motorcycles in close proximity to customers.

“The new structure with the focus on one racing team is lean and efficient, the concept is targeted and logical. We are looking forward to being in a position to develop the existing structures in Munich and Milan.”

“At this point, I would like to express my thanks to Bernhard Gobmeier who successfully restructured BMW Motorrad Motorsport and achieved the first victories in the Superbike World Championship. I am confident that he and his team will have celebrated more victories by the end of the season.

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daynal - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 1:09 PM

bloody BMW ffs, first it was F1, WTCC and now this!! they have a habit of doing this kinda thing. Poor melandri just when hes going so well they drop this bomb on him. Now he'll be riding the rest of the year not having any idea where he will be for 2013. Melandri to Aprilia Haslam to Honda world Superbikes

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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