Moto Rapido Ducati has announced it has parted ways with rider Danny Buchan following the seventh round of the 2016 MCE British Superbikes Championship season.
The runaway National Superstock 1000 champion in 2014, Buchan scored a podium with the shortlived Be Wiser Kawasaki team in 2015 but has struggled to make a similar impression on the Ducati 1199R this year.
Scoring his best result of the season so far with a seventh place finish at Brands Hatch, a disappointing weekend for the Moto Rapido Ducati team on its return to the Kent venue over the weekend has prompted the team to enact a change.
'Tough times call for hard decisions and after speaking to Danny in detail we both feel the best route for us both is to follow a different path,” said team owner Steve Moore. “Together we all have genuinely put in more effort and dedication than most people would understand and we have pushed as hard as possible, but with the results just not coming it's a decision we have reached mutually.
“I can't fault the professional nature of Danny or the application of his clear talent, but he simply hasn't gelled with the bike as both he and the team expected. Pre-season testing was excellent but the season hasn't shown the potential of Danny, the team or the Ducati - all of which are individually capable of winning races and championships.
“The recipe was made of great ingredients that simply didn't work together. Danny and his family have shown no lack of dedication and are a pleasure to work with and we all wish him the best for the future. At this time of year he has to consider what is best for him and we have to consider what is best for the team looking to 2017 and beyond. I am sure he will be a champion again like he was in 2014.
Moore confirmed the team is in talks with other riders to complete the 2016 F1 season.
“We will now look for other options to complete the 2016 season and I would like to thank Lloyds British and our other key sponsors for their continued support.”
Buchan's exit comes a day after Bennetts Suzuki confirmed it had dropped three-time champion Ryuichi Kiyonari from its line-up