BMW Italia to be sole factory team in 2013

“Naturally, our decision will also exert an influence on our partnership with Alpha Racing. We have celebrated successes together and moved the team forward. We have a number of challenges ahead for the rest of the season and we will be working with Alpha Racing to master them in a dedicated and professional approach.”

A surprise announcement, particularly given BMW's success in its current guise, the decision is set to put several riders' future plans in jeopardy. Melandri had been expected to stay on board with BMW after signing a multi-year deal, though it remains to be seen whether the announcement will render his contract null and void.

Meanwhile, Leon Haslam, Michel Fabrizio and Ayrton Badovini could find themselves battling over the remaining seats, while Carlos Checa is also believed to have shown an interest in joining BMW Italia for 2013 even before the announcement it would receive full factory backing.

Alternatively, the announcement could be seen as a prelude for BMW to confirm a move to the premier MotoGP series, though speculation of those plans have often been dismissed by the manufacturer.

The team name, the riders and the team management will be announced at a later date.

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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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