Marco Melandri says he isn't worried about the prospect of having to source a new ride in 2014 following BMW's decision to withdraw from World Superbikes, even if he suggests that the mid-season announcement is unlikely to boost motivation.
BMW announced last week that it will be pulling its factory support from the World Superbike Championship at the end of the season, effectively leaving Melandri and team-mate Chaz Davies – both of which remain in the hunt for the 2013 WSBK title – seeking a new ride for next year.
For Melandri, who is currently third in the standings with three wins to his name this year, this is not a new situation, the Italian left in the lurch when Kawasaki withdrew from MotoGP at the end of 2008 and again in 2011 when Yamaha pulled out of WSBK.
With this in mind, Melandri is philosophical about BMW's move, but suggests he will have to call upon his experience to remain focused to the end of the year.
“I'm sorry for the decision BMW has taken but unfortunately I'm used to such situations,” he said. “I'm not really worried because for us riders it is always possible to find a solution, although, of course, at this important stage of the season it is not good for our mood. I hope that the experience will help me to handle it."
Reflecting on this weekend's races at Silverstone, Melandri is hoping for less of the inclement weather that blighted the previous event in Russia – where he was a race winner – and also last year's British round.
"Silverstone is a great and fast track and at the same time it is also very difficult due to its changes of pace and bumpy surface but I still really like it. I hope that the weather - which is always unpredictable in the UK - will be good this time.”