BMW GoldBet Motorrad manager Andrea Buzzoni says he is convinced his team will continue to work at the highest level in the wake of BMW's announcement it will withdraw from the World Superbike Championship at the end of the year.

The German manufacturer made the shock announcement that it will cease its official factory involvement in the premier Superbike series having already switched its focus from an in-house operation to one supporting existing team Feel Racing, which races under the BMW GoldBet Italia banner.

Coming less than a week after the team celebrated a 1-2 success at the Moscow Raceway with Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, though team manager Buzzoni is 'sorry' for BMW's decision, he is sure the mid-season announcement won't dampen spirits.

Related Articles

"The team is a very professional and motivated group of people and I am sure they will continue to do everything to end the season on a high note", commented Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. "Twenty thirteen is a good year, the atmosphere within the team is great and also our riders, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, are doing an excellent job.

"We are satisfied with the current results and, of course, we will keep working hard. Therefore I am convinced we can celebrate more successes with Marco and Chaz as the season goes on. I am sorry about the decision, but I understand the strategic decision making of the company. I want to thank all the people who are involved in this project."

Looking to 2014, BMW has hinted it will endorse any subsequent customer BMW programmes in World Superbikes, though it remains to be seen where Melandri and Davies could end up.

Melandri has already revealed he has been talking with Kawasaki and Aprilia, while a return to MotoGP has been mooted as well, while Davies is also expected to be sought-after having won three races in just a season and a half in Superbikes.