British Supersport rider Graeme Gowland has split from Seton Tuning Yamaha.

Gowland finished on the podium after a brilliant race with eventual winner Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

However, a statement issued by the team today confirmed that Gowland - who claimed pole position at Brands - has decided to cut his ties with the outfit.

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Team principal Phil Seton had been working to find a new backer after losing his main sponsor last month.

Gowland was able to compete at Brands after team sponsor Swift Moto along with team supporters Ron Drury and Mike Elliott came to the rescue on the eve of the race.

Seton said: "The team has worked tirelessly this season in order to give Graeme the most competitive package possible with the Yamaha YZF-R6, and has been rewarded with fifth in the championship, plus a pole and podium at the last round.

"We know that our bike can run at the sharp end and can make a serious challenge for race wins.

"It is a great shame that Graeme has taken this decision and I am now actively seeking a replacement rider of the highest calibre ahead of Oulton Park."

Team sponsors Swift Moto and Exel Skip Hire have pledged extra funding that will enable the team to compete at the next two rounds at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park, but financial backing for the remainder of the season has not yet been secured.