BMW's hopes of clinching an elusive World Superbike Championship title in its final season of competition have officially come to an end after Marco Melandri wasn't able to stay within range of Tom Sykes at Magny-Cours.

A disappointing weekend for the Italian, Melandri was already facing a difficult task coming to Magny-Cours having slipped 42 points adrift of Sykes with four races remaining.

Needing to at least finish ahead of the Kawasaki rider in both races to keep himself in the hunt, Melandri would go on to record fifth and seventh results in the two races as he struggled for pace aboard the factory-assisted BMW S1000RR.

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It means Melandri cannot contest the title at Jerez, a disappointing outcome for BMW in the year it had hoped to secure a first title in its current guise before exiting at the end of the season.

"In race one I was struggling with the setting and I was not really fast, the result shows the potential I had," he said. "Before race two we decided to make a step back and setting up the bike so I could be consistent. Without that issue I could have been on the podium.

"At least I can say that I had more fun in race two than in race one. I was fast and overtook many riders to recover from the position which I slipped down to. Overall, I want to thanks my team they did an excellent job over the whole weekend. Next race is in Jerez, our test track, we know it very well so we'll start with a good setting and we could have chance to be on the podium."

Though it is possible that BMW - which joined the series in 2009 - will still be represented next season in a privateer capacity, its best chances of title success may have already occurred.

Nonetheless, the BMW GoldBet team was still able to leave France with success to be proud of after Sylvain Barrier wrapped up a second consecutive FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title win for the team.