Tooele, UT – July 21, 2018 –
So far, the second half of the MotoAmerica Superbike season has started off pretty quiet for Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, and that’s not a bad thing. The “Durban Dynamo” returned to form at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Round five of the championship, but to this point in Round 6 at Utah Motorsports Campus, the results have been good, but not great…or at least not great by Mathew’s or the team’s standards.
His sixth-place finish in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race left Mathew and the team with a feeling somewhere between “mildly disappointed” and “moderately satisfied,” but definitely several notches below “let’s party till the break of dawn.”
In Mathew’s post-race assessment, he said, “I qualified fourth in Superpole, which I was happy with, but as usual, my start in the race was terrible…I can’t sugar-coat it. I’m used to making some big moves in the opening laps to make up the positions I seem to lose at the start. But, the temperature had gone up about 20 degrees before the start of the race, and I just didn’t feel the same way as I did in practice. I think I was being too harsh, and I was just spinning up the bike. It was just a difficult race. I didn't want to chuck the bike down, but I also wanted to be part of the battle. And then, I ran slightly wide and off the track in turn one with maybe five laps left. There was no way I was going to catch the leaders at that point, so I just kind of had to settle and take the sixth. Obviously, the team and I should be higher up than sixth. We have a few ideas about what we need to change, and we’ll definitely come back stronger. At Laguna, the first race was also pretty average, and in the second race, we definitely put down some flying laps and did better. Today, we gained some valuable points in the Championship, which is a lot better than throwing it down the road. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back up there tomorrow.”
Superbike Race 2 is set to go green at Utah Motorsports Campus on Sunday at 3:30 PM Mountain Time.
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