The Race History of EmTek Racing

 

 

In a galaxy far far away …… in Johannesburg

 

 

        

 

 

History of EmTek Racing

The team principles of Team EmTek Racing have had a long and illustrious history with motorcycles.

This all started way back in the early seventies with their family being involved with the original Honda Motorcycle importers. Motorcycles became a part of family discussions and arguments for much of their growing years. The team principals grew up in the Germiston/Boksburg area where motorcycles were considered cool and the in thing – albeit 50’s.

Gilbert received his first motorcycle at the age of 15 when he became eligible for a bike license. His first bike was a … wait for it …… a Honda SS50 four stroke behemoth.

Gilbert progressed from this bike to a Honda CX500 and then a Suzuki GS 1000. All riding at this stage was road riding up until the year 2000. He then saw the light.

Andy also started his riding lessons at the age of 15 firstly on his brothers SS50 and then he got his own SS50 mean machine. With these two bikes the Parsons Brothers wreaked havoc in the neighborhood. Andy in the mean time had progressed from the SS onto a brand new Honda MX50. This was a two stroke legend in its time and was used regularly to “practice” robot to robot shoot outs. Wonderful stuff.

Andy was the first in the family to own a brand new “Big Bike” – South African terminology for a Superbike. It was a Honda CB750F which was midnight Black in colour.

However this poor bike had to endure being in a front end smash during its first running in period. Andy also endured road riding until the year 2000.

 

So what happened in the year 2000

Gilbert was on an overseas business trip to the UK and returned to find that his father and brother had inadvertently agreed to “help” out a young and struggling rider whilst watching from a distance at a motorcycle practice track. The young fellow was Jaco Du Plessis with whom EmTek still continues this relationship today.

As a result of this and wondering how we would fair we entered into a Superbike school for Phakisa Grand Prix circuit.

Both Gilbert and Andy completed their first ever track school and immediately became hooked. They knew that road riding had become more and more increasingly dangerous and this was the best stress relief a doctor could prescribe.

A strong family owned Suzuki GSXR600 was drafted in to do National Service for the two brothers and a further number of track schools were attended.

 

From then on the seed was borne

Based on the commercial success of their Software Development business this company was coerced into providing initial sponsorship for Jaco on an individual basis. This then moved into a full on race team for Jaco and Sheridan to contend the 2002 National Superbike events. iAdapt was also drafted in to sponsor the team principals as riders as they had progressed from wobblers to top 10 runners within two years.

Team EmTek Racing went on to include the two principals who are now competing in the Battle of the Twins Championships for 2003. EmTek Racing is now actively looking for additional sponsors in order to take their team to the next level of racing – the World stage with its two protégées.

 

Sponsorship

In one of the biggest sponsorship deals since the inauguration of the Superbike Regional Championship, iAdapt confirmed that it has become the title sponsor of South Africa’s leading Superbike team – Team EmTek Racing - for 2002-04.

As SA’s leading independent ERP Software Development House, iAdapt has taken this major step to ensure that its image and corporate identity is conveyed through all media outlets and known on a national and international basis.

The new team livery was unveiled before media representatives, including television crews from the SABC and MNets’s Supersports program called Two Wheels, at the Midvaal circuit in Vereeniging - where the first round of the series will be held in February. It was an apt venue for the launch of the new look team that will again feature SA’s leading Superbike riders, Sheridan Morais (third in last year's Championship) and team-mate, Jaco du Plessis (13th).

iAdapt Directors Gilbert and Andy Parsons were introduced to a VIP gathering, at the launch, and enthused: "Everything has been said about the success of the team over the past three years, but for iAdapt this is a huge opportunity to increase the profile of our brand. This is particularly the case with the television coverage that we have enjoyed as a subsidiary sponsor of the team during 2001. While it is difficult to measure just how valuable this exposure has been, the Board of Directors at iAdapt believe that it is the best all-round value that we have received from our marketing expenditure.

"In addition, EmTek Racing will also enable us to involve our staff in the promotional work surrounding this project. Superbike racing is an adrenaline-induced sport that is enjoyable and exciting for television viewers and spectators alike. iAdapt could therefore do nothing more for its staff and customers than to touch, see and feel the experience of being involved in the Superbike Regional Championship. There's no doubt that the dedication and professionalism of the team is second-to-none and that EmTek Racing has the ability to take on the best and bring the championship back to EmTek."

As title sponsor, iAdapt will enjoy significant branding throughout every aspect of the team, including the factory Kawasaki race bikes, team transportation, pit display, riders' protective clothing and merchandise.

In order to maximise the benefits available to iAdapt as a result of this three-year agreement, the company will engage a supporting promotional campaign that will encompass hospitality and PR programmes.

 

iAdapt/EmTek Sponsored Riders

 

2016

Sheridan Morais will again compete in the World Endurance Series for YART Yamaha on the New R1. We are expectant of better results for the 2nd year on the new R1.

ETR was selected to again represent Yamaha as their Factory entry for this year in the South African Superbike Championship.

Mathew Scholtz - National Superbike (hoping for better results as he now starts on equal footing from the first race)

Themba Khumalo - National Superbike (first year on a factory based bike and also first year on a 1000cc)

 

2015

Sheridan Morais competed in the World Endurance Series for YART Yamaha on the New R1. This was a teething year for the team and the new bike.

We were glad to again represent Yamaha as their Factory entry for this year in the South African Superbike and Supersport Championship.

Mathew Scholtz - National Superbike - 2nd (outscoring the eventual Champion Clint Sellar by 6 points for those rounds he entered on the NEW R1)

Brandon Goode - National Superbike - 5th (first year on a factory based bike)

Our 600cc entry for this year was complicated by the withdrawal of our rider early in the season. We then had to use alternate riders for the rest of the rounds.

Sheridan Morais - National Supersport  - 14th (one round one win)

Anthony Shelley - National Supersport - 6th (6 rounds - 4 podiums)

 

2014

Sheridan Morais competed in the World Superbike Level in the EVO class on a Kawasaki for the Iron Brain WSBK Team - Considering his inferior equipment he still managed to finish 18th overall and 6th in class.

We were glad to again represent Yamaha as their Factory entry for this year in the South African Superbike and Supersport Championship.

Robert Portman - National Superbike - 8th

Nicholas Van Der Walt - National Superbike - 7th

Cameron Pietersen - National Supersport  - 8th

Dean Vos - National Supersport - 3rd

 

2013

Sheridan Morais - International World Supersport - 11th

Embarked on a new challenge for 2013, EmTek secured the YAMAHA Factory support for our National Series.

Dylan White - National Superbike - 5th (First year in Superbike)

Robert Portman - National Superbike - 8th

Dean Vos - National Supersport - 3rd

Janine Mitchell - National Supersport - 18th

 

2012

Sheridan Morais - International World Supersport - 6th

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 16th

Robert Portman - National Superbike - 6th

Simon Bezuidenhout - National Superbike - 11th

Simon Bezuidenhout - National Superbike Vets - 2nd

Janine Mitchell - National Supersport - 14th

 

2011

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperStock 1000 - 10th

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 3rd

Sheridan Morais - National Supersport - 15th

Robert Portman - National Supersport - 6th

Nicole van Aswegan - National Supersport - 14th

Gavin Lightfoot - National ZX10 Overall - 1st

Gavin Lightfoot - National ZX10 Vets - 1st

 

2010

Sheridan Morais - International World Superbike - 27th

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 3rd

Robert Portman - National Supersport - 3rd

Bradley Stark - National ZX10 Masters - 1st

Gavin Lightfoot - National ZX10 Overall - 1st

Gavin Lightfoot - National ZX10 Vets - 1st

 

2009

Sheridan Morais - National 600cc (Superstock) - 1st Champion (World Record - 13 consecutive wins in a National Series))

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike (Superstock) - 1st Champion Again (SA Record - only one to win both National titles in the same year)

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperBike - 32nd

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperSport - 22nd

Robert Portman - National Superbike (Superstock) - 7th

Gilbert Parsons - National ZX10 Vets - 2nd

Gilbert Parsons - National Superbike Vets - 9th

Andrew Parsons - National ZX10 Vets - 6th

Andrew Parsons - National Superbike Vets - 12th

Ryan August - Regional 600cc Superstock - 26th

 

2008

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike (Superstock) - 1st Champion Again

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperStock 1000 - 17th

Gilbert Parsons - National ZX10 Vets - 4th

Andrew Parsons - National ZX10 Vets - 8th

Christopher Leeson - National Superbike (Superstock) - 4th

Ryan August - Regional 600cc Superstockl - 26th

 

2007

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperStock 1000 - 13th

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 8th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 13th

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 22nd

Christopher Leeson - National 600cc - 1st Champion

Ryan August - Regional 250cc - 11th

Camryn Saunders - 50cc Highschool - 3rd

 

2006

Sheridan Morais - International World SuperStock 1000 - 14th

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 8th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 13th

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 16th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional Vets - 3rd

Andrew Parsons - Regional Vets - 4th

Camryn Saunders - 50cc Highschool - 10th

 

2005

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike Champion (youngest ever)

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 6th

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 10th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional Vets - 4th

Andrew Parsons - Regional Vets - 3rd

Camryn Saunders - 50cc Highschool - 14th

 

2004

Sheridan Morais - National Superbike - 2nd

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 8th

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 18th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional Vets Champion

Andrew Parsons - Regional Vets - 2nd

 

2003

Sheridan Morais - Regional 600 Silvercup Champion

Sheridan Morais - National superbike privateer Champion

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 15th

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 8th

Jaco Du Plessis - Regional 600 Silvercup - 10th

 

2002

Gilbert Parsons - Regional 600 Silvercup - 25th

Gilbert Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 24th

Andrew Parsons - Regional 600 Silvercup - 22nd

Andrew Parsons - Regional BOTTS - 27th

Noel Haarhof - National Superbike Privateer Champion

Noel Haarhof - SA round of International Supersport Round - Kyalami - 16th

Sheridan Morais - Regional 600 Silvercup - 3rd

Jaco Du Plessis - Regional 600 Silvercup - 13th

 

2001

Gilbert Parsons -  Regional 600 Silvercup - 22nd

Andrew Parsons - Regional 600 Silvercup - 29th

Jason Wessels - National superbike privateer Champion

Noel Haarhof - National suberbike privateer 2nd

Jason Wessels - 125cc GP - Phakisa

Sheridan Morais - Regional 600 Silvercup - 3rd

Jaco Du Plessis - Regional 600 Silvercup - 12th

Jaco Du Plessis - National Superbike

 

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