Tommy Hill has split from the Althea Honda team and will be replaced by the squad Supersport rider Matthieu Lagrive from this weekend's Misano round onwards.
In mid-April Althea was forced to release a statement denying that it was planning to replace Hill with Lorenzo Lanzi.
The rumours were labeled as “totally groundless”, adding that “The team continues to believe in the British rider, who has completely recovered from the injuries he suffered last season and who is showing that he can worthily compete in such a difficult and competitive championship as World Superbike.”
However, having scored just six points after seven of 14 rounds, Hill and Althea have now decided to split.
“Starting from Misano, Matthieu Lagrive will replace Tommy Hill while Italian Superbike championship leader Flavio Gentile will replace Lagrive in Supersport,” said an Althea Honda statement.
“Unfortunately, the first part of the season wasn't very successful for both Hill and for our team but overall the improvements that we all hoped for were not reached. Together with Tommy the team decided to terminate its relationship.
“Honda Althea Team would like to thank Tommy for his dedication and the effort he has put into our Superbike project from the beginning and sincerely hope he will quickly find the opportunity to participate once again in the Superbike Championship."