Full speed ahead: in 2013, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team is aiming high and intends to exceed the performance of the 2012 season â€“ the most successful year to date. All updates and results from the team and its works riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will be available on www.bmw-sbk.it and through the BMW Motorrad Motorsport newsletter.
2012 has been the most successful season for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the FIM Superbike World Championship to date. With six race wins, 16 podiums and five fastest laps, the team closed the gap to its established rivals at the very top and challenged for the World Championship for both the Ridersâ€™ and Manufacturersâ€™ titles right to the very last round.
2012 has been a year full of premieres: In his first ever race on the RR at Phillip Island, Australia, Marco Melandri claimed a convincing second place. In Imola, Italy, Leon Haslam secured the first double podium for BMW Motorrad in the series by finishing both races in third. The next milestone was reached in the first race of the fifth round at Donington, Great Britain: Marco claimed the first ever victory for BMW Motorrad in the series and with Leon as runner-up it was also the first ever â€˜one-twoâ€™.
The next highlight was the Czech round at Brno in July. For the first time ever BMW Motorrad took the lead in the Manufacturersâ€™ classification of the Superbike World Championship, and also for the first time BMW Motorrad won both races of a World Championship weekend with Marco riding his RR to victory in both heats. Two rounds later, at the seriesâ€™ Russian debut at Moscow, Marco took the lead in the Ridersâ€™ championship by claiming his sixth win of the season. It was another milestone as Marco was the first BMW rider to top that classification.
Two difficult race days with crashes and issues at NÃ¼rburging, Germany, and PortimÃ£o, Portugal, cost the lead in the classifications. In the end, BMW Motorrad finished runner-up in the Manufacturersâ€˜ Championship while Marco Melandri finished the season in third overall claiming the best ever result for a BMW rider in this category.
In 2013, BMW Motorrad Italia will take responsibility for the factory race and test team as well as for chassis development. BMW in Munich will be entirely responsible for developing the power train and electronics. This decision means that BMW Motorrad will continue to operate as a fully integrated team in the World Championship for near-production road motorcycles.