Words by: Gareth Davidson
Images by: Philippe Damiens
During the mid-season break, the Kallio Racing Team took delivery of their new Yamaha R6s for the remainder of the season. Both Sheridan Morais and Nikki Tuuli were very excited to get going on their new machines.
Germany was the first stop after the break and the Kallio Racing Team had the weaponry to fight at the top. The first free practice session saw Sheridan Morais put his new Yamaha R6 in second spot, what a great start to the weekend! Throughout the remaining free practice sessions, Sheridan stayed at the sharp-end of the field stamping his authority of his intentions going into qualifying.
The qualifying session was up and down with riders setting fastest laps one after each other while Sheridan stayed in his pit box for quite some time making slight adjustments to the bike and waiting for the perfect time to go out for a second run.
Watching the timing screens Sheridan set off and soon we started to see red sectors appearing next to his name, they didn’t stop! He had crossed the line with provisional pole position and all times below his fell into grey and orange sectors meaning, no one was faster! He had also just set the circuit lap record!
His time was unbeatable by the time the checkered flag was waved and so this gave Sheridan Morais, his first ever, World Supersport pole position, oh and a brand new and very expensive Tissot watch!
I am sure that night he had a bag of mixed emotions from being excited to nervous all at the same time. Race day arrived and for the first time in a while we saw a South African in pole position. This was a very proud moment for all fellow South Africans watching from home or even at track side.
The race got off to a fast start with Sheridan Morais in the lead. He set the pace and led for the entire race until about 4 laps to go where Caricasulo made his move, this move opened the door for the other riders to throw a punch while he was trying to settle in.
The very next lap there was an incident where Caricasulo took himself out and Mahias collided with the fallen rider resulting in a red flag. Due to the fact that Caricasulo was the rider who caused the red flag, officials had to go back to the last completed lap that excluded Caricasulo which gave the win to Sheridan Morais.
This win was well deserved as he had done all of the dog work in the front for the entire race! I am sure this is so satisfying for Sheridan and his family too as the amount of sacrifice and money spent to get to where he is today has all been worth it! We hope that this is one of many to come for our super star rider.
Sheridan is still in the hunt for the world title so let’s hope that his confidence stays strong as we know he has the talent and ability to win!