Alex Murley, top Brit in the inaugural FIM Supersport 300cc World Championship last year has split from Team Toth after another technical issue forced him out of his home race on the warm-up lap.
The 18 year old from Birmingham had hoped that months of pre-season training which included him moving to Spain, coupled with a second successive season aboard Team Toth’s Yamaha R3 would enable him to fight for the World Championship title, but a combination of rule changes and mechanical issues mean that at the half way point of the 2018 season Murley hasn’t scored a point.
Despite every effort being made to improve things within the team, Alex, after consultation with his sponsors and family, has made the decision to leave Team Toth with immediate effect.
He wishes the team all the best for the future and thanks them for the springboard into the World Championship racing that they provided last year.
Alex will now take some time to assess his options for the remainder of the 2018 season and hopes to be back on the World stage on a competitive machine shortly.
“Leaving Team Toth mid-season has not been an easy decision to make, but I am sure that this is the best decision for me to take at this point in my career. After a series of mechanical issues and rule changes it makes no sense to continue in an environment with no realistic chance of being at the sharp end. I want to thank Team Toth for the great season we had last year and for making it possible for me to race in the world championship. It’s massively disappointing to have to walk away but this is not the end. I will be working hard behind the scenes over the coming weeks to put things in place for me to be back in the WorldSBK paddock as soon as possible, and we are already thinking of 2019. I’d like to thank all my sponsors and supporters and my family for fully supporting this decision and as Arnie would say – I’ll be back!”