Morais to enter Aprilia at Kyalami

Sheridan Morais will return to World Superbike competition at Kyalami, but this time he will be riding a factory-spec Aprilia entered Emtek Racing
Sheridan Morais will ride an Aprilia RSV-4 in his home World Superbike Championship event at Kyalami, it has been confirmed.

Morais was originally tipped to join Max Biaggi and Leon Camier in the works Aprilia team, but having secured the necessary funding to go racing, will instead ride for the same Emtek Racing team that fields his South African Superbike Championship entry.

However, while not riding for the works teams, Morais will use a full factory-spec RSV-4 during the weekend.

“Aprilia approached us with the proposal, and they certainly wouldn't look good if they gave us inferior machinery,” he said. “The Italians have assured us that we'll get the same equipment as their contracted riders, and I believe we will.”

The 25-year-old is no stranger to WSBK competition having raced twice for the factory Kawasaki team in 2009, including a point-scoring turn on home soil, and also for Echo CRS Honda earlier this season as a substitute for the injured Broc Parkes.

This will, however, be the first time Emtek Racing have participated at this level, its previous high-profile outing being a wild-card World Supersport entry at Kyalami last season.

Coming in the week that Aprilia assumed the lead of the World Superbike Manufacturer standings, Morais' entry will also be significant for the fact it is the first time there has been a satellite RSV-4 entry on the World Superbike grid.

Tagged as: Aprilia , superbikes , Morais , Kyalami , emtek

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Kevin - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 10:40 AM

Guys, my view is that we are all so starved here in SA to see a good rider of ours take on the best in the world, that it is obvious that we will feel strongly about it and support him. We don't see a Saffer rider in the top championships every weekend. I believe he has the talent. Who else could ride that blimmin Kawasaki anyway? To show my support, I put a grand of my own bucks towards paying for the ride. It's not much, but all I could afford realistically. I reckon that he must just keep his head right and we will see a top ten. Then Drew Dropcock can show his ******** to all his local mates in the shop window. See yo'all Sunday :)

Popit - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 12:29 PM

GO Shez . Shez is the best to come out of Africa for a very long time . He is super committed and Super talented . Been to watch him in SBK at both Donington '08 and France '09 . He gives 110% all the time , even when he is on inferior equipment . As long as he has "Factory Spec" equipment on the RSV he will run top 10 . By the way Drew Peacock , I hope you never find out what a Brakpan PK is .

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