Chaz Davies is hoping he can put the news of BMW's impending withdrawal from the World Superbike Championship to the back of his mind by challenging for the podium on home soil at Silverstone.
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.
Coming in the wake of BMW's best result of the season in Russia, when Davies followed Melandri home for a 1-2 finish, the Welshman admits he is 'sorry' for the decision the German manufacturer has made at this point in the year, but insists he will remain focused to final round.
"Of course I feel sorry about BMW Motorrad's decision, but this year we still have a long season ahead of us with many rounds in which we want to continue to be successful. So we keep being focused and working hard.
"The next round is my home race at Silverstone. Even though I would not rank it as one of my most favourite circuits, I quite enjoy riding there. It is different challenges because it is quite fast and open. In addition, you find different corners on this circuit than you find anywhere else. It is completely flat but it is very difficult to set the bike up, especially a Superbike, because it is bumpy.
“There is a lot of work in setting the suspension up and sometimes you get it right and sometimes you can get it wrong. It is a really demanding circuit for the crews. I am looking forward to racing at home. Superbikes are pretty popular in the UK and I hope that a lot of people will come to watch me."