Just four rounds after breaking its long-awaited World Superbike Championship victory duck, BMW come away from round nine at Brno having now notched up five victories and surged its way to the top of the manufacturers' standings.

The German marque made its WSBK debut in 2009 and has steadily worked its way up the grid since then, claiming its first pole position and podiums in 2010 before establishing itself as a more consistent front runner in 2011.

However, 2012 has signalled a significant breakthrough, with new signing Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam proving podium contenders from the off, while that first victory at Donington Park has duly unleashed a torrent of winning form, with Melandri picking up a further four successes at Miller Motorsports Park, Motorland Aragon and Brno.

As such, BMW has not only expanded what initially looked like a two-way battle between Ducati and Aprilia for the manufacturers' title earlier in the season, it has surpassed both to head up the standings for the first time leaving Brno.

A significant milestone for the manufacturer, Melandri was thrilled to put BMW into a position where it can win its maiden WSBK title.

"Seeing BMW leading the manufacturers' championship is unbelievable and it makes me proud. I was also able to close the gap to Max in the riders' championship. But the season is still long, and we plan race by race. I want to thank everybody at BMW Motorrad and in the race team who work so hard every day and put so much effort in the project. It was so unbelievable and emotional to see them smiling and happy."

BMW's ascension comes in the week it announced it would be switching its factory-backed allegiance to the current BMW Italia satellite team, curtailing its association with the current Alpha Racing outfit.



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