Wampum, PA – August 26, 2018 –
After reaching the podium with a third-place finish under partially wet/partially dry track conditions in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Mathew Scholtz came to the track on Sunday morning and was the fastest rider in the Superbike warmup session, which gave Mathew and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team increased confidence heading into the afternoon’s Superbike Race 2. And, while Mathew didn’t emerge with another podium finish to match his Saturday result, he did finish fifth to round out a very solid weekend.
Mathew started Sunday’s race from fifth on the starting grid, and he advanced forward in the running order to as high as third at about the midway point of the race, but as the laps wound down, the “Durban Dynamo” ultimately had to settle for fifth at the checkered flag.
The two top-five finishes solidified Mathew’s fourth-place position in the championship with two rounds and four Superbike races left in the 2018 season.
Commenting on his weekend, Mathew said, “I got a terrible start, which has unfortunately become a habit for me this year. I had to make some aggressive passes in the opening laps, and I came together with Roger (Hayden), which caused him to crash. I’m very sorry that happened. The track temperature was higher today, and I was slipping and sliding everywhere. I got by (Josh) Herrin at one point, and I held a pretty decent pace. Then, I got into a dogfight with (Jake) Lewis for a couple of laps and almost high-sided on the final lap. I’m happy to be close to the podium, and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Round 9 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on September 7 through 9.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 329
2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 273
3. Josh Herrin – 228
4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 190
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