Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has been sacked for the second time since he won the title.
Hislop has had set-up problems with his Yamaha
The Scot, who was not offered a new contract at MonsterMob Ducati after winning
the championship last season, has now been axed by Virgin Yamaha as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Hislop has had a poor season and his 10th and 11th in the two races at Rockingham last weekend saw him slip to eighth in the riders' championship, 203 points behind Shane Byrne.
Hislop has suffered set-up problems on the Yamaha, which has been consistently
outpaced by rival Suzuki and Ducati machines.
And after another disappointing performance in race two at Rockingham, team
manager Rob McElnea decided to drop Hislop and save on his wages.
"I've been struggling to get the bike set up all year and the results I wanted were not coming," said Hislop.
The Scottish rider could be replaced by Sean Emmett, who recently left Renegade Ducati or Newcastle's Chris Burns and current World Superbike rider James Haydon is also believed to be in contention.
Haydon has found this season hard going with Foggy Petronas Racing as Carl Fogarty's new team adjust to life on the world stage.