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Local star Morais produces star turn

Despite describing themselves as a 'makeshift team' Kawasaki enjoyed their most prosperous round of the World Superbike season so far at Kyalami following a particularly impressive turn by stand-in Sheridan Morais.

The South African was making his WSBK debut on home ground after being called upon as a last minute replacement for the injured Makoto Tamada.

As the reigning South African Superbike Champion, also on a Kawasaki, Morais was always expected to put his local knowledge to good use but still raised a number of eyebrows in the paddock by his occasional top ten through practice and qualifying.

Going on to secure the team's best starting position of the season in 11th, Morais ran as high as seventh in race one, but while he would fade to an eventual 13th, 11th on the second occasion ensured he comes away from the weekend with comfortably more points than the man he replaced.

"At the start of the week, I was lining up to ride a wild card 600 at Kyalami so it's been a big shock and a dream come true to have now ridden the factory Kawasaki World Superbike,” he said. “I've ridden in Europe before but riding for this team, on this bike was something else.

“I didn't really know what to expect from my results but from Friday onwards I felt really good on the bike and was blown away by the speed, the brakes and overall feeling. Both myself and the team were really happy to have been up there in qualifying.

“I was aiming for the top ten in the races but had to settle just outside of this but overall I'm delighted to have had this opportunity at this level. I'd like to thank the team for making me feel so welcome and for this fantastic experience."

While his shoulder injury continued to give him problems at Kyalami, Broc Parkes was still able to post a pair of points finishes too – the first time Kawasaki have seen both riders inside the top 15 in both races this year.

"This was a difficult weekend after a top ten at Monza. I struggled on the bike and with myself as I'm physically not as fit as I would like and this track is a lot harder on your body than Monza. In race two I had good pace but my injuries let me down towards the end and I couldn't push any harder.



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Cubikrube - Unregistered

May 18, 2009 4:45 PM

Birdy is picking his riders for their track knowledge and the fact they are locals, this gives him loads more media coverage in each country too so i wouldn't bet against a Brit getting the ride for Donny. Morais did very well though...can't doubt that and he's young enough to learn



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