Alton, VA – May 5, 2018 –
After qualifying third in Saturday’s Superbike Superpole competition at the MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia, Mathew Scholtz lined up on the front row of the starting grid for the afternoon’s Superbike Race 1, with high hopes for another podium finish. And, true to form, the “Durban Dynamo” brought his #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike across the finish line in third place to capture his fourth podium out of five races so far this season.
VIRginia International Raceway is a 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course with a technical layout featuring left-right transitions that favor a quick-handling motorcycle and a strong rider who can muscle his machine back and forth. Thankfully, the Yamalube/Westby Racing team has both of those in spades--an extremely agile Superbike thanks to technicians Dustin Meador, Frank Shockley, and the rest of the crew along with a supremely fit rider who seems chiseled from stone by Michelangelo himself. And, with machine and man in near-perfect sync again, Yamalube/Westby Racing maintained their second-place position in the Championship points standings.
Following Saturday’s event, Mathew, who has been working hard to improve his race starts commented, “I got a pretty decent jump off the line. I was following Cam (Beaubier) and Toni (Elias). I don’t think we were setting a really fast pace in the first couple laps. (Josh) Herrin passed me. He was taking really tight lines. Unfortunately, that kind of slowed us down, and Cam and Toni were able to get some breathing room. Then I tried passing Josh. I was running him wide, he was passing me back, and then, he kind of dropped off. I’m still really happy to finish on the box. It’s been a really awesome weekend for us. I’m happy to be the first privateer. The bike’s been working great, and I think we can make one or two changes to help us in the second race tomorrow.”
Superbike Race 2 is set to go green at VIR on Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
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