|Chaz Davies & Marco Melandri with their S1000RRs
Photo: BMW Motorrad
The BMW Motorrad Goldbet team have launched their campaign for the 2013 World Superbike championship in Munich near the BMW group headquarters. It was announced last year that the factory BMW team for 2013 would be run by previously satellite team BMW Italia, continuing with the Italian outfits sponsor, Goldbet. BMW Motorrad Italia is now responsible for the works team’s race and test outings, as well as work on the chassis. The power train and electronics are developed by BMW Motorrad in Munich.
2012 factory rider Marco Melandri remains with BMW and he would be joined by Welshman Chaz Davies, the 2011 Supersport champion having impressed in his debut WSB season on the ParkinGO Aprilia.
Marco Melandri took the BMW S1000RR to it’s first World Superbike race victories in 2012, “Going into the season we certainly didn’t expect to pick up six wins and be in contention for the title right down to the final race. This year I am primarily looking to improve my own performances. I don’t want to make the same mistakes as I did in 2012, and want to make the podium more consistently,” said the Italian.
Davies commented: “This is a big step for me, as it is the first time I have been directly involved in a works project. That means an awful lot to me,” said the 2011 Supersport World Champion. “I am very proud, as it is not just any works team, but BMW – a powerful brand. I want to take full advantage of this opportunity. My goal is to continue improving, become more consistent, and end the season in the top five.”
“We are looking to follow on from the success BMW Motorrad achieved last season,” explained Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. “The various parts in the restructured team became attuned to one another very quickly. Two very experienced teams, which have already shown in the past just how strong and professional they are, have merged into one team. In order to be successful, however, you also need good riders and an outstanding bike – and we have them in the form of Marco, Chaz and the BMW S 1000 RR. Another important ‘ingredient’ is the speed. The speed, which is one of the most important factors on track, is also essential for the work of the team: to react and act fast is crucial to reach the target and to be competitive.”
The team will also line up in the European Superstock 1000 championship with reigning champion Sylvain Barrier and South African champion Greg Gildenhuys.