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Westby Racing Wraps Up The Weekend At Road America With Fifth- And Seventh-Place Finishes
Elkhart Lake, WI – June 3, 2019 –
For the Westby Racing team, round four of the 2019 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship came to a conclusion on Sunday at Road America with Mathew Scholtz backing up his fifth-place finish in Saturday’s Superbike race one with another fifth-place result in race two and Mathew’s teammate Sam Lochoff improving on his eighth-place result in Junior Cup race one on Saturday with a seventh-place finish in race two.
Aboard his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, Mathew got off to a good start from the second row of the grid and focused on chasing down the four factory riders. He and fellow Yamaha privateer JD Beach worked together to try to pull each other closer to the lead group, but as the laps wore down, the strategy changed when it became apparent that the more important task among the pair was for each of them to get the best result possible. JD got past Mathew, and one of the three factory riders crashed out of the race unhurt, which resulted in Mathew crossing the finish line in fifth.
Sam had a solid race aboard his #57 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R3. Despite having to start the race from 16th on the grid due to a disappointing qualifying result, he raced hard to get himself inside the top ten and eventually into seventh position by the time he took the checkers. It was Sam’s first-ever race weekend at Road America, and all in all, he acquitted himself well as he improved his lap times with each subsequent track session.
Westby Racing team manager Chuck Giacchetto wrapped up the weekend by saying, “At Road America, the cards can get stacked against you really easily because the track is so long, and you need to have a good plan with good people and execute that plan well. From the moment we stepped out of the truck, (crew chief) Ed Sullivan had our awesome crew and riders all headed in the right direction. Preparation is everything in racing, and I’m proud to say our team brings its ‘A’ game every race weekend. Lots of progress was made in every facet this weekend, from our Wing Warriors fan club all the way through Mathew’s final lap of Sunday’s Superbike race. I’m sure the team would agree that we are all happy to leave the event with valuable points, clean bikes, and most importantly, healthy riders. Special thanks goes to everyone on our team and most of all to Pop for his continued love and support. See you in Utah. It’s a dry heat. :-)”
Next up for Westby Racing is round five of the MotoAmerica Championship, which takes place at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, on June 15 and 16.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 151
2. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 142
3. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 104
6. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 80
MotoAmerica Junior Cup Standings
1. Rocco Landers – Kawasaki – 130
2. Dallas Daniels – Kawasaki – 109
3. Jackson Blackmon – Yamaha – 65
8. Sam Lochoff – Yamaha – 46
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