Makoto Tamada has had a miserable season with the Kawasaki World Superbike squad this year. Dogged by crashes and injury, Tamada has already missed nearly half the season with one injury or another, and his crash in race one at Imola saw the Japanese veteran concussed and suffering amnesia. As a result, the Japanese rider looks set to miss yet another round of racing, with the next round of World Superbikes due to take place this weekend at the Magny Cours circuit in France.
Once again, South African Superbike champion Sheridan Morais is set to take his place. No official confirmation has yet been received, but friend of MotoMatters.com Bentley Mtafu bumped into Morais at the airport in Johannesburg, carrying his helmet and leathers and ready to go racing. And so Morais will get another chance to impress the World Superbike scene, after finishing ahead of his temporary team mate Broc Parkes in both races at Kyalami, where Morais filled in for the injured Tamada back in May. If Morais scores points at Magny-Cours - which he is surely capable of - he will overtake the rider he is replacing in the championship standings, both Tamada and Morais currently tied with 8 points, despite Morais only having ridden two races.