BMW have this morning announced they will pull out of the World Superbike Championship at the end of 2013, leaving Britain's Chaz Davies looking for a ride next season. It is believed BMW will supply engines to the Came Ioda MotoGP team in 2014 but upped in terms of specification from 245 in 2014 to 260bhp in 2015.
The factory said the move is part of a strategic re-alignment of the brand but the continued arguments over the new WSBK rules will have had some part to play in the decision as no agreement has yet been forthcoming. It could mean the Marco Melandri gets another chance at MotoGP next season.
“BMW Motorrad Motorsport will end its involvement in the World Superbike Championship after this season. This is consistent with the strategic realignment of our brand. BMW Motorrad will now focus on the further expansion of the very successful product portfolio over 500 cc, the expansion of product segments under 500 cc, e-mobility and the development of market potential in emerging economies like Brazil and Asia”, explained Stephan Schaller, General Director BMW Motorrad.
"Only those who act consistently today are well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. BMW Motorrad will remain involved in motorsport and in doing so we will focus on the international customer sport in all its facets. I want to thank everybody who has supported us on this long and successful journey.”