Leon Haslam has expressed his gratitude to Team Alstare for honouring the clause in his World Superbike contract as he gets ready to leave after one season.
The Briton will depart from the team at the end of this weekend's Magny-Cours round after failing to receive assurances from Suzuki that it would provide sufficient factory resources to aid a title challenge.
Haslam established himself as a title contender in 2010 during the first-half of the season with wins at Phillip Island, Valencia and Kyalami, but Suzuki's reluctance to the develop the GSX-R1000 as the season wore on would allow Max Biaggi
and Aprilia to pull away.
With Suzuki continuing to stall on its plans for 2011, Haslam has duly asked to be released from his contract so as to join another fully-backed team, most likely BMW.
With Alstare team manager Francis Batta expressing no desire to delay Haslam's career progression, the mutual decision was taken to let the 27-year-old leave.
“This year has been incredible, my best. I'm disappointed not to fulfil my World Superbike title aspirations with Team Alstare, as we planned one year ago,” Haslam said. “However, I am extremely grateful that they afforded me the opportunity in 2010 and then, graciously, have allowed me to depart in this courteous and gentlemanly manner.”