FRENCHMAN David Bellego will not race for Swindon Robins next season after team manager Alun Rossiter confirmed to the Advertiser that his average does not fit into his team building plans.

A points limit of 42.5 was set by promoters at last month’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Wales, and the limit hasn’t played into Rossiter’s favour – who admitted he was devastated to inform the 25-year-old of the news.

Bellego first donned the Robins kevlars in 2017, a year which will go down in Swindon history as a grand final first leg deficit against Wolverhampton Wolves was overturned in the return fixture at Monmore Green.

His performances throughout 2017 earned him a spot in Rossiter’s 2018 team, which failed to qualify for the end of season play-offs as Bellego ended the year with 27 heat wins to his name and an average of 6.13.

Bellego also represented France in the first ever Speedway of Nations – hosted by Grand Prix organisers BSI.

He raced to 10 points in the second qualifying round of the series as France failed to reach the tournament’s final in Wroclaw, Poland.

Rossiter told the Advertiser that Bellego conducted himself in a professional way and wished him all the best for the coming season.

He added: “We all know how the averages fit, and it was a really hard decision to make.

“David (Bellego) was very professional, and I can’t speak highly enough of him. Unfortunately, I had to let him know the bad news.

“He’s a nice guy and did very little wrong last year. I think we’ve got a couple of riders from this season that are on under-achieved averages.”