Isle of Man TT winner Cameron Donald has been released from his 2011 contract with Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing.
The team said the decision was by mutual consent and blamed ‘unforeseen circumstances’.
The Australian rider was announced as teammate to new signing Guy Martin just two weeks ago. Team Manager Philip Neill said at the time TAS was delighted to continue its relationship with Donald and expected to see him back to his best at the International meetings in 2011.
Donald rode for Northern Irish TAS team at the Macau Grand Prix at the weekend, finishing a fighting eighth. However, in a statement, the team said ‘after lengthy discussions with team manager Philip Neill, Donald will be released from his contract with immediate effect”.
The rider said:
“I’d like to thank Hector and Philip Neill and obviously Suzuki and all of the team’s loyal sponsors for their support.”
“We had a great partnership, but I now know it’s time to take a different direction. I also would like to thank the guys in the team who worked with me and were very much part of my success at TAS Racing this past couple of years.”
Team Manager Neill added:
“We had a largely successful relationship with Cameron during his time at Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing, and we must admit, he was a joy to work with.”
“This is very much a joint decision and I must reiterate, there is absolutely no ill feeling. We wish him well in the future. The team is currently looking for a suitable replacement, but we will not rush our decision.”