The South African round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship at Kyalami this weekend will feature no fewer than three homegrown talents for fans to cheer on, it has been confirmed.
Having initially been linked to a 'wild card' entry aboard a third factory Aprilia alongside double Monza winner Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, Sheridan Morais will now campaign a full factory-spec RSV-4 run by the Emtek Racing outfit that similarly fields his South African Superbike Championship entry [see separate story – click here
The 25-year-old Gauteng native made history in 2009 by claiming both the national Superbike and Supersport crowns, and has already made an appearance in WSBK 2010 on a Honda at Portimão and Valencia – albeit not starting in the latter meeting – for newcomer Echo CRS in-place of the injured Broc Parkes.
'Super-sub' Morais also turned heads by beating Parkes when the pair were teamed up together at the works Kawasaki squad at Kyalami in 2009, claiming a brace of points-scoring finishes in 13th and eleventh places as he stood in on that occasion for Makoto Tamada.
Meanwhile, Lance Isaacs and Ronan Quarmby have similarly been confirmed on the entry list with 'wild card' Ten Kate Hondas in the World Supersport Championship this weekend, backed by Honda South Africa and Anassis Racing. The latter will provide the Honda CBR600RR bikes, suspension expertise and mechanical aid, with Ten Kate taking care of components and set-up support.
Thirty-two-year-old Isaacs from Cape Town presently leads the 2010 South African Superbike Championship ahead of Morais, having triumphed in three of the opening four races on his BikeFin Honda CBR1000RR. Quarmby – 19 and from Gauteng – is a leading contender in the Interfile Supersport Championship. All three of them have excellent knowledge of Kyalami's physical, undulating nature – which can only be of benefit to them this weekend.