Yamalube/Westby Racing “Turns It Up To 11” For 2017
With South African Mathew Scholtz As Official Team Rider
Mathew Scholtz at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September 2016, where he finished second in both MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 races. Brian J. Nelson Photography.
Tulsa, OK -February 8, 2017 – Yamalube/Westby Racing is proud to announce that it has named 2016 South African SuperGP Champion Mathew Scholtz as its official team rider for the 2017 MotoAmerica Series. The announcement was made by Tryg Westby, principal owner of Yamalube/Westby Racing.
Mathew will compete in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 Championship. He’ll be aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, with the team’s brand-new #11 emblazoned across the front and sides of the iconic gold-and-black-liveried, Yamalube-branded motorcycle.
In 2016, Mathew raced in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class, initially for another team before he joined Yamalube/Westby Racing for round seven of the nine-round series, at Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) in Tooele, UT. At UMC, Mathew notched two podium results in his very first race weekend with the team. He went on to record three more second-place finishes in the final two rounds of the 2016 MotoAmerica season, ending up seventh overall in the final Superstock 1000 Championship points standings.
After the 2016 MotoAmerica season concluded, Mathew went back to his homeland of South Africa, where he had been contesting the 2016 SuperGP Championship. Riding his #20 ETR Nashua Yamaha R1, Mathew clinched the National Championship at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas, South Africa, on October 29.
For 2017, Mathew will focus his road racing efforts exclusively on the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship.
“I am very proud to have won the 2016 SuperGP Championship in my home country of South Africa,” Mathew said. “But, for 2017, I am fully committed to racing in the MotoAmerica series, and for Yamalube/Westby Racing. It’s a brilliant series, and I love racing for the Westby team. The crew is brilliant, and I’m looking forward to winning races and, hopefully, the Championship for Tryg and the team this year.”
Mathew and Yamalube/Westby Racing will participate in the MotoAmerica Preseason Test powered by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, which will be held at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX, on March 28 and 29.
Yamalube/Westby Racing will return to COTA on April 20-23 for the opening round of the 2017 MotoAmerica Road Race season.
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