Livio Loi and Team Reale Avintia Academy have reached a mutual agreement to part ways, ending his time on the Moto3 grid.
The agreement was announced this afternoon via press release from Team Avintia, stating ‘expectations that both parties set had not been met‘. The decision comes after the Belgium rider failed to score any points in five of the eight races so far this season. 2017 Jerez GP wildcard Vicente Perez will replace Loi and make his full-time debut with the team next week in Germany.
In a statement released by Team Avintia, team owner Raul Romero said “We created this team tailored to Livio Loi and all parties expected better results in the first races of the season. Unfortunately, the desired results have never been seen and together with the people of Zelos we have made this decision. I wish Livio the best for the future. ”
Loi made his Moto3 debut in Jerez 2013 on a Kalex KTM, a delayed debut due to the fact he hadn’t yet reached the minimum age of 16 years old. He went on to score eight points in his rookie year and his first win in 2015 during the Indianapolis GP.
The rider has since struggled with both pace and form, finishing the championship on 13th in 2016 and 18th in 2017. He currently sits in disappointing 25th with only eight points, below rookies such as Alonso Lopez and Dennis Foggia. Unfortunately, 2018 was not meant to be his year as he continued to miss out on the points, sealing the decision of the team.
We wish Livio Loi the best of luck with whatever his future holds and also welcome Vicente Perez to the Moto3 grid for the remainder of the season.