The Fourth Was With Mathew Scholtz On Sunday At WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca2018-06-25 08:40
Racing on the world stage at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna was just what Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team needed. During the combined MotoAmerica/World Superbike weekend at the Monterey Peninsula’s iconic racetrack, Mathew’s confidence in his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike was restored, and he got back to the business of racing among the factory riders as he and the team have become accustomed.
Following up his fifth-place finish in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1, Mathew did himself one better by notching a fourth-place result in Sunday’s Race 2. He and the team have adjusted to the new, larger Dunlop rear tire that was introduced in racing conditions at Road America (the previous MotoAmerica round), and the new settings on the bike should serve them well as the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship moves past the halfway point in the season.
“Saturday’s race was really good. Finishing fifth was a positive step forward for us, and I felt comfortable. Overnight, we made a couple more changes, and in the morning warmup, they seemed positive. So we looked forward to the race because we knew we were going to go quicker. My start wasn’t that good, but I passed a couple of guys early on and then, Toni (Elias), Roger (Hayden), and I were battling the whole race. Finishing fourth, I couldn’t be happier. I’ve gotten that positive feeling back with the setup. I kind of know what the bike’s doing, when it’s going to move, and I’m really happy. I know that the Westby guys have been working hard. They’ve been making the bike quicker and made the setup a million times better, and I’m really, really thankful. To be part of the podium battle again, and to be dicing with Toni and Rog, the factory guys, we’re back to where we should be. It was a brilliant weekend for us.”
Along with the positive changes that the Yamalube/Westby Racing team has made to the bike to make Mathew more comfortable, Mathew is working with rider coach Ken Hill from Rickdiculous Racing. Ken’s advice and input are already paying big dividends to Mathew and the team.
Round 6 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place on July 20 through 22 at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 203
2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 174
3. Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 135
4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 129
5. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 98
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