Millville, NJ – September 9, 2018 –
Sunday was Mathew Scholtz’s 26th birthday, and he was excited to spend it at one his favorite places—in the saddle of his #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. He started from the pole in the afternoon’s rain-shortened 18-lap feature event, with track conditions that usually favor Mathew’s smooth riding style.
After having a slight bauble off the line, Mathew settled in and put himself in second-place behind eventual race winner Cameron Beaubier. And then, suddenly, the storybook scenario had a cruel twist of fate as Mathew crashed out of the race, unhurt but unable to get his bike back in the race. Unfortunately, there would be no race win, or even a race finish, for the “Durban Dynamo” on his birthday.
“Well, that didn’t go the way we’d hoped,” Mathew commented.” “We had a good setup for the race, and I was feeling comfortable after having a little slip at the start. I settled in, and started working on closing the gap to Cam (Beaubier in first place). But, when you’re racing in the rain, it only takes a small mistake to ruin your day. I’m sorry to our team that I crashed out because we had a strong bike today, and I was in a good position for a solid result. It was definitely not the birthday present I wanted.”
The final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 21 through 23.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 370
2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 289
3. Josh Herrin – 253
4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 210
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