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Westby Racing Continues March To Atlanta With Preseason Test At Buttonwillow
Tulsa, OK – March 27, 2023 –
With round one of the MotoAmerica Superbike season coming up on April 21-23 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Westby Racing and its rider Mathew Scholtz completed its third of four planned preseason tests this past Wednesday and Thursday at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California.
Weather has been a factor at each of the Buttonwillow tests thus far, but crew chief Ed Sullivan and his experienced crew were determined to continue dialing in the firmware update that they made to the Marelli ECU on the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. With Mathew in the saddle, the team made judicious use of the track time and extracted maximum value from the laps available.
“I was very happy with the progress we made last week,” Mathew said. “Similar to our last test, the weather really didn’t play into our hands, and it kind of limited our track time, but I think we made some very good progress with the new firmware upgrade. I’m getting really good feeling with the bike again, and we managed to figure out a few things. We’ve gotten to the point where we have a really good base setup with the bike’s electronics. We’ll have one more two-day test at Buttonwillow, which will be our final test before our first race weekend at Road Atlanta. The plan at the next test is to fine-tune a few things and also try a couple of things with the chassis. My Westby Racing crew has been working hard, and we’ve made a lot of really good progress. We’re closing in on having a very good feeling with the bike for the first race weekend.”
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It was a long haul out to the West Coast for MotoAmerica Superbike team Westby Racing and its rider Mathew Scholtz, but track time is precious, especially during the winter months, and the team took full advantage of the invitation extended to them by the Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing team to participate in a two-day test on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California.
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"...Matthew Scholtz also competes in motorsport, only he races a superbike in the AMA Superbike Series, a road motorcyle league promoted by MotoAmerica. It’s an entirely different sport, with its own unique rigors — check out how preposterously close Scholtz gets to the ground while turning the bike; his elbow nearly grazes the cement — but the dedication to training remains the same."
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"...Mathew Scholtz – Originally from South Africa, Scholtz lives and trains just north of Atlanta in Woodstock with his Westby Racing team. In 2021, Scholtz claimed victory in the HONOS Superbike Class at Michelin Raceway in front of his home crowd, where he led 18 of 19 laps. Scholtz hopes to repeat his lucky streak when he returns to Road Atlanta this season."
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