South Africa's Sheridan Morais is hoping for a change of luck this year as he prepares for his first full season in the World Superbike Championship.

Morais endured a tough year in World Supersport in 2013 due to a series of crashes and injuries but hopes to make amends after securing a deal to ride an Evo-specification Kawasaki ZX-10R for the Iron Brain WSBK team.

He has previous experience of the World Superbike class following several appearances as a wildcard and Morais is under no illusions over the scale of the challenge he faces this year.

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"After having done a few wildcards in previous years I know the level and difficulty of the premier class," he said.

"I am really excited to begin this new venture and I have been physically preparing myself for a few months now.

"I have raced Superstock 1000 machines for a long time and in South Africa I have always had my best results on the 'big' bikes.

"So yes I do prefer the 1000cc bikes but the main focus has to be on my strength and fitness after a bad year for injuries last year," he added.

"My expectations are high and with this great opportunity that I have for this season I am more motivated than ever. The goal for us would definitely be to fight at the front of our EVO class."

The championship will return to South Africa this year with a round being held at Phakisa Freeway for the first time and Morais is thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in his home country after previously standing in for the injured Makoto Tamada at Kyalami in 2009.

"The South African round at Phakisa will be a dream come true," he said. "The circuit is really amazing and it will be a very proud moment for me to represent in front of my home supporters."