Morais: "We’ve needed the new bike for a long time"

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:12 GMT

South African takes debut WorldSSP victory in Germany

As the FIM Supersport World Championship continues to bring drama and excitement, the Prosecco DOC German Round was no exception. Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing) had a dream weekend at the Lausitzring, as he got his hands on the 2017 R6 and the South African was able to secure his first WorldSSP win in a disrupted race.

Starting from pole position, Morais was able to secure a faster pace with his new 2017 Yamaha R6 and is beginning to feel comfortable onboard the machine. Praising his team for providing him with a strong bike, the 32 year old put in a gritty performance in the tense race and was able to hold onto the lead over the line on each lap. Despite some tough challenges which put him in a four rider battle for the lead, a hard crash between team-mates Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) and Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) saw the red flags waved and results taken from the last full lap.

Leading the way over the line at the end of lap 16, Morais was able to take the victory and now sits just 20 points behind championship leader Mahias: “I’m happy for my team and for everybody behind me,” beams Morais. “And I feel like we’ve had a really good weekend, we’ve always been first or second. We were second in warm up this morning and first now in the race, it’s not really the way I wanted to win but I feel like I’m owed a little bit of luck and today happens to be that day for it.”

In regards to the new 2017 bike the team received in Germany, the South African was thrilled to get to work on it: “The guys have made my bike ride-able and I feel like we have a bit of a strong pace in the bike there. Kallio Racing is a small team, and we have been working really hard on the old bike just to be there. Now with the new bike we can focus on setting the pace, we’ve needed this bike for a long time and I think it shows that.”

In regards to a championship challenge, Morais adds: “Keeping in mind this is our first race on this bike, and our first chance to get out on a long run, I think it has definitely reignited our championship challenge. “We’ve got a lot to take from this weekend, and as we are now heading to tracks that are familiar to me, I look forward to improving the bike. We now hope to head to Portimao to begin to understand the bike more and try to set the pace.”

Keeping fans on the edge of their seats, the WorldSSP series now has to wait three weeks before the ninth round of the season in Portugal, but you can relive some of the stunning action we have seen so far all on the WorldSBK VideoPass.