PARIS: France's 125cc motorcycling world champion Arnaud Vincent has been sacked by Austrian outfit KTM and will be replaced by Finnish rider Mika Kallio, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
Vincent, 28, won the world title with Aprilia before joining KTM, who said that the decision to release the Frenchman was based on the lack of progress in the teams development.
Arnaud Vincent remains a very fast and experienced rider, but it has been very difficult to develop a brand new motorcycle around the expectations of the current world champion, the team said.
Vincent was perplexed at his sudden sacking.
I don't really know what to say, I've always fought to get the best results, said Vincent.
He said he had received a phone call telling him the news on Tuesday.
They said 'don't bother coming to the Czech Republic (scene of the next race) we no longer want you, you're not motivated enough, you haven't succeeded in developing the bike'.
After nine races this season Vincent is languishing in 19th place in the overall 125cc standings. AFP