Another Replacement: Steve Martin In For Troy Corser

The World Superbike field for Kyalami just lost another regular. We reported earlier that Nieto, Lavilla and Laverty would be in for Neukirchner, Roberts and Harms, and just a few hours later, we learn that Troy Corser is to sit out the South African round of World Superbikes as well. The Australian was already riding with a hand injury, but the first-corner pile-up at Monza added a nasty bang to the head as well. After another tumble through the gravel in the restarted race one, Corser decided that caution was the better part of valor and sat out race two.

Now the team has decided that it would be better for Corser to miss the Kyalami round as well. "Kyalami is a very physical track, very bumpy in places and this would've not have helped Troy's hand get any better," the press release stated. Taking Corser's place will be World Superbike veteran, Le Mans 24-hour victor and BMW test rider Steve Martin.

Hopefully, this will be the last of the replacements, and the physical nature of Kyalami won't produce any more injuries. With two weeks between South Africa and Miller Motorsports Park, at least some of WSBK's regular riders may be fit enough to make a return.

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Just to add something to that: our own Sheridan Morais, the National Superbike rider, and ex-World Superstock rider will be replacing Makato Tamada at the Kyalami round in WSBK, and Robert Portman, his teammate seems to be all but guaranteed to take the Supersport. Emtek Racing, and Ricky Morias have worked tirelessly to get Shez ready for this event and have been at it round the clock. Sheridan is more than a fitting replacement as he is the only rider to put the ZX-10R on a World Podium in 2008. His knowledge of the machine, having won the 2008 Wesbank Superbike Championship by a considerable margin is unquestionable. We all wish him the best.