Take a look into one of the new teams on the grid
Born with a passion for racing in South Africa, Sam Lochoff (Samurai-YART Racing) first entered the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2017 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, and he was able to get his first taste of professional on track racing.
With huge levels of support from his father, Shane Lochoff, the 15 year old and his father were able to draft in the help and support from Sheridan Morais – who has been in the WorldSBK paddock since 2006. Morais was able to secure the newly founded team a ride in the Prosecco Doc Portuguese Round of the WorldSSP300 championship. With the round looming ahead, the team needed to begin to build up a strong structure in order to be competitive in the new class for 2017. With the backing of YRT Lochoff was riding a YZF-R3, which went on to win the World Championship.
Heading to Portugal with a strong new team around him, it was clear to the team and Morais that Lochoff had a natural fast nature but also needed to gain more levels of experience. From here the team began to build and the project was taken to the next step. South African Morais was now on board as a Team Manager, and the team went from strength as they signed a young Portuguese prospect in Tomas Alonso and have now secured a full time entry in the Portuguese 300 Championship.
Following this announcement, Lochoff will also be making his return to the WorldSSP300 class for 2018 as a full time rider. This means there will be plenty of opportunities to gain even more experience and take the world championships by storm.
Follow how Samurai-YART Racing fare in the 2018 season with the WorldSBK VideoPass, with the first racing kicking off at MotorLand Aragon from 13th-15th April.