South African rider Sheridan Morais will join the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team for the Motorland Aragon and Assen rounds of the WorldSSP Championship, as a replacement for the recovering Kenan Sofuoglu.
With Sofuoglu sidelined after re-injuring his pelvis in the first round of the season in Australia the Turkish superstar was advised to miss the subsequent round in Thailand last weekend, after more detailed medical examinations were carried out.
Kenan will now miss the first two European rounds of the season but will be replaced by a highly experienced rider and proven WorldSSP race winner in the shape of Morais.
For 33-year-old rider Morais a return to an official Kawasaki ride is a strong opportunity to show his WorldSSP credentials, which culminated in a race win last year. In 2012 the South African rider scored his first podium, and an eventual sixth place overall in the championship, riding for the official Kawasaki team. His highest WorldSSP championship position is fourth, which he earned last season.
The next round of the WorldSSP Championship will take place in Spain, with raceday at Motorland Aragon on Sunday 15th April.
Sheridan Morais, stated: “I am extremely excited about this opportunity with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing. I am really looking forward to working with Kawasaki again as a they gave me my rookie season in WorldSSP. I got some good results and my first ever podium, so I have good memories. The same people are still working with Kawasaki and doing a great job, bringing world titles and so on. After the strong season I had last year I am really confident to bring my experience back onto the Kawasaki and hopefully some wins and some trophies.”