Tulsa, OK – May 2, 2018 –
Round 3 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship starts this Friday at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, and after already notching both a Superpole win and a Superbike race victory so far this season, Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team are hoping that their early-season success goes positively viral at VIR this weekend.
With just 17 points separating Mathew from the Championship lead, the “Durban Dynamo” and his crew led by team manager Chuck Giacchetto and crewchief Ed Sullivan have the #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike prepped, powered-up, and polished to perfection for their weekend on VIR’s picturesque 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course.
Also, Mathew and the team are hoping that a little bit of familiarity breeds success. “We attended a track day at VIR just after the Road Atlanta round,” Mathew said. “That was just a few weeks ago, and the test went really well for us. We showed some good pace on the Dunlop medium-compound rear tire, and we were able to get a decent baseline setup heading into this weekend. We’re anxious to try the softer-compound rear Dunlop this weekend and see if we can improve our laptimes even more. The Virginia circuit seems to suit the Yamaha Superbike well because it’s quite a technical track that favors handling. Plus, I’m a bigger guy, and I can muscle the bike through the left-right transitions, maybe a little better than the smaller riders. Also, VIR is similar to some of the tracks that I’m used to riding back home in South Africa, with their tighter turns. I feel right at home on the VIR circuit.”
Superbike Qualifying Practice sessions begin on Friday, and Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 PM Eastern Time. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Eastern, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3:30 PM Eastern.
Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More
Mathew will be available for autographs at the Yamalube/Westby Racing transporter in the VIR paddock during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from 12 to 12:35 PM. The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11 AM to 12 PM Sunday on pit lane at VIR, is another great opportunity to meet Mathew. He’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with him, as well as with Lacy Contreras, the Yamalube/Westby Racing brand ambassador. Also, be sure to ask Lacy to sign you up for the team’s fantastic sponsor giveaways.
Check Out The Yamalube/Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase
Biothermal LLC, Eazi-Grip, Fast Frank Racing, and Superbike Unlimited will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Yamalube/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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