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Westby Heads West For WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend
Shelton, WA – June 28, 2021 – Round five of the 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship starts this Friday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, and Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz and Yamaha YZF-R3 Junior Cup rider Jack Roach, along with the entire crew, always enjoy their annual visit to California’s Monterey Peninsula for the race weekend at one of the world’s most iconic racetracks.
Mathew has finished on the podium in five of the eight Superbike races so far this season, including a victory in the very first race of the season at Road Atlanta, and he’s currently in second place in the season point standings. There is no question, however that more race wins are what he and the team want, and they’ll be aiming for the top step of the podium in both races this weekend
“Laguna is definitely one of my favorite tracks, and I’m anxious to get back there, especially since I was unable to race there last year due to my injury at Indy. It’s such a well-known circuit, and there’s such history at the place that it’s always special to go back there. In my absence last year, (fill-in rider) Niccoló Canepa raced at Laguna, and he and our team were able to gather some valuable data, which should help us this weekend. I can’t wait to get back on the bike and work on making our way up front.
For me and the team, it’s been a difficult past two rounds, but we’re still more than capable of running up at the front. We have the package, and I know I have the team and the guys behind me, so we’re determined to figure things out. I’ve been thinking really hard about where I need to improve my riding and what I need to do personally to get back up at the front. We should be good this weekend to put everything together and get back to where we belong.”
Superbike final qualifying is on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. PT. Superbike race one will go green on Saturday afternoon at 3:10 p.m. PT and will be broadcast via tape delay on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Superbike race two is on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FS2. In addition, both races will be streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.
For British expatriate Jack, who currently lives in Surrey, British Columbia, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is another opportunity for him to compete a little bit closer to his current home on the West Coast of Canada. Also, racing at “the home of The Corkscrew” adds a little bit more juice to Jack’s motivation.
“Laguna is always a cool track to race at,” Jack said. “I’ve ridden this track the most out of any of the MotoAmerica circuits. Gregg Spears (from team sponsor Spears Racing) has been working on the Westby Racing Yamaha R3 since (the previous MotoAmerica round at) Ridge, so I’m excited to throw my leg over it starting on Friday. I’m looking to be fast right out the gate and keep the momentum rolling.”
Junior Cup race one starts on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT, and Junior Cup race two is on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT. Both races will be broadcast via tape-delay on FS2 this Tuesday, July 13, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Meet Mathew and Jack, Get Some Autographed Posters, And More Mathew and Jack will both be at the Westby Racing transporter in the paddock at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during two Dunlop Paddock Autograph Signings. The first one is on Saturday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. PT, and the second one is on Sunday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. PT. They’ll have free, autographed posters and other team items to hand out, so be sure to stop by.
Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase BrakeTech USA, Miami Thread, Puig USA, and Yoshimura R&D of America will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.
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