Polesitter Mathew Scholtz Finishes Second In Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 8, 2018 –
Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team awoke to threatening skies in New Jersey as rain moved into the area. The wet track conditions at New Jersey Motorsports did not dampen Mathew’s or the team’s spirits, though, as the “Durban Dynamo” won the morning Superpole qualifying session, then went on to finish second in the afternoon’s race.
Aboard the #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, Mathew put his talent and racecraft on full display as he expertly negotiated NJMP’s wet and tricky Thunderbolt race course. He picked up his pace as the laps wound down and started catching up to race leader Josh Herrin. Ultimately, Mathew settled into second place rather than risk going down on the slippery track.
“I didn’t have the (tire) warmers on, so I kind of knew the first three or four laps would be sketchy,” commented Mathew. But then, I got past Cam (Beaubier) and Toni (Elias). Josh (Herrin) was pretty far up. He pulled his usual trick of going out flying, so I tried to catch him. I had a few huge, huge moments. The bike just didn’t feel the same as the one in practice and in Superpole, so maybe we have to go back and look at what we did. But I’m just very happy to be back up on the podium. Kind of got to the halfway point of the season after being the top privateer guy and challenging the factory guys every single round to barely finishing in the top five or six. So, I think we’ve been making the bike better-suited with the Dunlop tire, and I also think that the wetter conditions suit me. I lived in Europe for four or five years and got a lot of practice in the wet there.”
Superbike Race 2 is set to go green at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
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