June 26, 2017
Tooele, UT – At Utah Motorsports Campus last weekend, Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz made his sophomore visit to the Salt Lake City area and went to the head of the class in MotoAmerica Superstock 1000.
Mathew notched a second-place result in Saturday’s race, and then, he graduated magna cum laude on Sunday with a Superstock 1000 Race 2 victory that stretched his Championship lead to 17 points at the midway point of the 2017 MotoAmerica season.
A hard-working student of the sport, the Durban Dynamo proved yet again that he is one of the most talented foreign-exchange students in MotoAmerica’s group of world-class riders as he raced his #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock 1000 machine around UMC’s 3.048-mile, 15-turn Outer Course with style and phenomenal success.
Turning in his paper at the conclusion of the weekend’s exams, the always-humble Mathew reported, “InSaturday’s race, the bike felt really strange. We had put in a lot of laps, and we felt comfortable with our setup, but in the race, everything changed. The grip level was not good, and from about the fifth lap, I was going slower every single lap and almost crashing in every corner. It was just strange. But, in the end, I was glad to keep the bike upright, and I got second in class and captured good points towards the Championship.
“On Sunday, I didn’t get a very good jump off the start, so, in the beginning of the race, I was part of a very long chain of riders. Pretty early on, I could see that Bobby (Fong) had the outright pace, but then, when he crashed, an opportunity presented itself. The door was open and then, when something happened to Jake (Lewis), that door swung wide-open. With about six laps left in the race, I had a really good gap (at the front of the Superstock 1000 field), so I decided to conserve my tires, manage the gap, and run a comfortable pace all the way to the class win. I’m really thankful to the team because they worked extremely hard, as they always do. We took quite a big gamble with the setup in this morning’s warmup, and it paid off for us in the race. The next round (at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) suits our R1 a little bit better, so we’re looking forward to that.”
As Mathew mentioned, the next MotoAmerica race weekend for the Yamalube/Westby Racing team will be the Championship of the Monterey Peninsula on July 7-8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.
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