Livio Loi has been dropped by the Marc VDS Moto3 team, following the Sachsenring round.

Team manager Michael Bartholemy had publicly warned that the Belgian teenager needed to return to the kind of form that saw him fourth in Argentina - one of only two points scoring rides this year - in order to keep his seat.

Bartholemy told motogp.com: "We were very clear with Livio last winter... after race seven we expected him to be in the top 15. But in the end in Catalunya he was not in the top 15.

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"So after some conversation he said it was the bike which was not good. So we gave him another chance and changed bike [from Kalex KTM] to KTM for Assen and Sachsenring, but still there was no result."

Loi qualified 28th for Sunday's German round, when he fell and re-joined before retiring. He is now 18th in the world championship.

Bartholemy added that the team, first and second in the Moto2 standings, will now look for a replacement from outside of the grand prix paddock.

"The main idea is to help a rider who maybe financially cannot afford to come to grand prix."