Despite being a race winner and consistent front runner in the World Supersport Championship, SA’s Sheridan Morais is out of a ride this year. Sadly, this is how the racing world works at present. With sponsorship money being scarce, teams have had to resort to hiring riders who can bring in money into the team rather than those that can provide results.
This is a quandary not limited to only the lower championships, but even for teams in MotoGP, as is seen in the case of Loris Baz who had to quit his ride in the premier class to take up a position on a WSBK team when his MotoGP team required payment for the ride.
If that is the situation for top French racers, imagine how difficult it is for racers from a country at the bottom of Africa.
But Morais, a racer known for his friendly, gentlemanly nature, still keeps good ties with his previous employers, particularly the YART Yamaha Team with whom he has had many a successful outing in the World Endurance Championship. He is now taking on a management role that will see him looking after the YART Samurai Team that will run riders in both the World Supersport 300 class and the Portuguese 300 class.
With more than two decades of experience in both local and world racing, these teams would do well to tap into his vast knowledge.
While he assumes the role of manager for now, he has not yet given up on a ride for himself in the near future.