A third factory Aprilia will be contesting at this weekends World Superbike race in Kyalami, South Africa, as Sheridan Morais will pilot an Emtek Racing RSV4 in his native country next to Aprilia Alitalia Racing riders Max Biaggi and Leon Camier.
The 25-year-old of Guateng wasn’t originally slotted to ride this weekend, but the money was available to race in Kyalami. And he already knows the racing squad; the Emtek Racing team is who Morais currently competes for in the South African Superbike Championship.
Last year, he won both the South African Supersport and Superbike titles, and also the 2008 and 2005 Superbike Championships, currently the youngest rider to win a SA SBK championship.
But he’s no stranger to WSBK motorcycle racing competition; last year, he rode for the factory Kawasaki team at Kyalami, filling in for the then injured Makoto Tamada. He placed 13th and 11th.
This comes on the helm of Aprilia taking the points lead in the manufactures race due to the Italian Biaggi’s double win in Monza last weekend, which added to his double win in Portimao during Round 2.
Aprilia now has 184, three points ahead of Suzuki, with Ducati running in third with 149.
Two other South African riders will also contest this weekend in the World Supersport class, Capetonian Lance Isaacs and teenager Ronan Quarmby of Bryanston in Gauteng. Both will compete on Ten Kate Racing Hondas as wild card entries.