Hydrex Honda sack Harris

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Hydrex Honda boss Shaun Muir has sacked Karl Harris.

Muir was fuming with what he described as a lack of effort and race-craft after Harris’ dismal 15th and eighth places at Monday’s Cadwell Park BSB round and yesterday told the rider his services were no longer required.

Harris is fourth in the points and started the season well with two second places in rounds two at Oulton – one of his favourite circuits - but since then he’s lacked confidence and struggled to run in the top six, in a season where he’s been totally overshadowed by team-mate Stuart Easton.

The situation for Harris has been on a knife-edge since Knockhill when Muir warned him he would be assessed on a ride-by-ride process after the Scottish round.

Muir said: “It’s a shame it’s come to this because we all really like Karl so  it’s been a really tough decision to make but we’re at a delicate time in the season with Stuart trying to secure second place in the championship.

“We were hoping Karl would be able to play a significant part in that but, unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to get anywhere near the form he showed at the beginning of the year or what everyone knows he’s capable of - so we’ve decided to act now.

“Everyone’s worked really hard and given him every possible bit of support but, sadly, the results still haven’t been forthcoming and it’s a decision that had to be made.

"The team has made a major step forward this year regularly running in the three (with Easton). We’re sorry it hasn’t worked out for him and would like to publicly wish him all the very best for the future.”

Muir has not yet announced a replacement ride but the obvious choice would appear to be Tommy Hill who is currently on the sidelines.

Hill recently rode for the Worx Suzuki team at Mallory and Brands.

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Gary Pinchin

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