Sheridan Morais to stay in WSS for the rest of the year?
This looks very likely that Sheridan Morais will be in WSS for the rest of the year. At the last race at Aragon, he was drafted in to temporarily replace the five times World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu in the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team after the Turkish rider was sidelined due to injuries. Morias did well, qualifying in seventh place and finishing in seventh place in the race, all this despite no testing and missing the opening two rounds of the championship, therefore having no experience on this bike or with this team.
— Puccetti Racing Team (@PuccettiRacing) April 13, 2018
Put it this way – he beat 21 riders that had all of that stuff.
The South African was available after not having ride for this year, despite finishing a respectable fourth in the championship last year. The sad truth behind racing at this calibre is that the cash-strapped WSS teams need money. They can hire the top riders, but if they don’t have money to run the team, it’s all a bit pointless. This is why the riders need to bring a full pocket with them, and South Africans usually don’t have that many Euros.
The Puccetti Racing Team is one of the few teams that do not have that problem, as they have been the WSS championship favourites for a good few years, which is fortunate.
It’s looking more fortunate for Morais, as it is believed that at the Assen round this weekend, Sofuoglu will be announcing his retirement. The 34 year-old has had a huge amount of racing success, but also an amount of injury. The most significant was in September last year when he broke his pelvis in three places and was expected to be out for 12 weeks, but was back on the grid less than a month later at the final round at Qatar.
— Puccetti Racing Team (@PuccettiRacing) February 24, 2018
At the first round of 2018 at Phillip Island, he suffered a 250km/h crash in FP3 and carried on with the race finishing on the podium, however tests afterwards showed further problems with his pelvis. With that, he missed out the Thai round and subsequently the Aragon round where Morais stood in for him.
Now it is believed that the Turkish rider will not be returning at all, putting Morais in the hot seat to replace him for the rest of the year. Obviously, this is all based on rumour and speculation. The truth will be known was press conferences are held and press releases issued.