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Chalk Up Another Superbike Podium Finish For Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz At Pitt Race
Tulsa, OK – August 19, 2023 – In Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race one at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt Race), Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz Racing added another podium finish to his impressive “resumé of results,” making it 7 podiums in the 13 races he’s competed in at the Western Pennsylvania racetrack.
Starting from the outside of the front row on the grid, Mathew got off to one of his best starts ever as a MotoAmerica Superbike rider. He was immediately in a battle for the lead with Jake Gagne. He maintained his position in second behind Gagne until lap 7 of the 17-lap race when Cameron Beaubier overtook him. Bobby Fong, who was in fourth place, hounded Mathew for the rest of the race, but Fong made a mistake in the chicane, and the resulting time penalty on Fong ensured Mathew of a third-place result when the checkered flag flew.
“Pitt Race is one of those tracks that, when you’re following somebody, it’s pretty easy to kind of flow and find the corners a little bit better,” Mathew said. “When I lost the tow on Jake (Gagne), I kind of struggled a little bit. I dropped down into the 44’s quickly, which was surprising. I kind of thought I’d be able to stay in the low 43’s. The track definitely seems to have lost a little bit of grip on the edge. Once Cameron Beaubier passed me, I looked back, and I think there was Fong and Josh Herrin or PJ Jacobsen…one of them. I thought, ‘I have to try to find something now or I’m going to finish fifth.’ So, I just managed to flow slightly better, pick up speed through the middle of the corners and not worry about driving out really hard. I dropped my lap times into the mid-43’s. Then, on the last lap, I knew Bobby Fong was there. I knew he was going to try to pass me somewhere. He passed me through the fast left coming up to the chicane. He didn’t set up wide, but I dived up the inside of him and kind of pushed him over the extra bit of curb, so I knew that he would get penalized. I crossed the finish line in fourth, but I ended up third. So, I’m pretty happy with that.”
Superbike race two is on Sunday at Noon ET, and the weekend-concluding Superbike race three will start at 3 p.m. ET. Both races will be shown live on MotoAmerica’s YouTube Channel.
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Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More
Mathew will be available for autographs during the Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11 to 11:40 a.m. Sunday on pit lane at Pitt Race. He and the team will be handing out free posters and T-shirts, so don’t miss it.
Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase
Eazi-Grip Racing Products and MWR Racing Air Filters are the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area this race weekend, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.
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