Toni Elias is reportedly under pressure to turn his MotoGP season around over the next three races or face the axe from his LCR Honda team.
The Spaniard, a former winner at MotoGP level, has endured a troublesome time since being rewarded with a return to the top flight as a result of his dominant Moto2 title victory in 2010.
Beginning the year considerably off the pace, though Elias has begun to establish some consistency in recent races, his results remain a far cry from the regular top ten finishes being achieved by Randy de Puniet last season.
Elias's position in the team is supported by Dorna as a way of promoting the credibility of Moto2, while Honda even supplied a new chassis from the Catalunya Grand Prix.
However, sponsors are reportedly unhappy with the current results, which top out with an eighth place at Silverstone, and Elias is now under pressure to deliver over the next three rounds.
Furthermore, Elias is understood to have been experiencing a conflict of opinion with the LCR team over the set-up of his bike, a rumour seemingly confirmed by LCR press officer Oscar Haro.
"Mugello was a disaster,” Haro is quoted by Catalunya Radio. “Toni has realised that it didn't go well. From Germany, [we go] back to the settings that HRC and our crew chief will decide and Toni to assume his role as pilot and technician. The RC212V has more than proven to be super competitive.”