WSBK: Melandri to BMW Motorrad for 2012

10/02/2011 @ 4:08 am, by Victoria Reid1 COMMENT

Marco Melandri will join Leon Haslam at BMW Motorrad for the 2012 World Superbike season, leaving Troy Corser presumably out of the factory team. The Italian’s maiden season this year at Yamaha proved to be an excellent one, as he his Championship battle with Carlos Checa come down to this penultimate race weekend. Over the 2011 season, Melandri won one pole out the twenty-three races run so far this season, and has three race wins to his credit. Earlier in his career, Melandri won the 2002 250GP Championship, and seemed to find a home in WSBK this season. However, he and fellow WSBK rookie rider Eugene Laverty were left in the cold when Yamaha announced that they were shelving their WSBK effort in 2012.

“We are really looking forward to working with Leon and Marco. I am convinced we will have arguably the strongest rider’s line up in the Superbike World Championship field,” said Bernhard Gobmeier, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director. He continued, “We are delighted to have two riders who are both hungry and experienced for the coming season. That is the next important step for our team.” There is no word yet on where current BWM rider Troy Corser will land, nor Laverty.

Gobmeier explained, “Marco has performed brilliantly this season, even during difficult periods. He impressed us in his first season in the championship, and we are pleased to be able to welcome him into our team.” In Race 1 at Magny-Cours, the Italian fought back to second after dropping down the order early in the race. Though usually prolific on Twitter @MarcoMelandri33, he has been silent this race weekend.

Source: BMW Motorrad; Photo: Pirelli (Facebook)

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    Good for you Marco – Screw you Yamaha and thanks for nothing.. Chas Davies kicks arse on Crutchlows old bike and Melandri and Laverty do the tuning fork company proud on the world stage, then the blue team break their contract for next year? NICE ! Oh and Yamaha didn’t do spit to their gp engine this year effectively giving Lorenzo zero chance to repeat.. Yamaha is effectively disappearing in the racing world.