Sean Bice, Westby Racing
Mathew Scholtz Finishes Fourth In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race And Fourth In Final Standings
Birmingham, AL – September 23, 2018 –
The 2018 MotoAmerica season wrapped up on Sunday, and in the final Superbike race of the year, Mathew Scholtz followed up his podium result on Saturday with a solid, fourth-place finish on Sunday. It was his 14th top-five finish out of a total of 20 races this season.
Riding his #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, Mathew was close behind the front three riders, and he managed to close the gap to about half a second as the laps wound down. As tire wear came into play in the closing laps, the “Durban Dynamo” used his discretion and brought his Superbike safely across the finish line in fourth.
“As usual, I got a terrible start,” Mathew said. “So, the first couple of laps were kind of hairy, but cool. We made some changes to the traction control overnight, and it helped me run about a half-second quicker today. I got up to fourth, and I could see the front group. I started closing in on them, but the tires dropped off. I was at the absolute limit, so I had to settle in and take fourth today. It’s been a good season for me, but I’m hungry for more. I wanted to end up in the top three in the championship, and I missed that mark and finished fourth in points. So, I’m a little disappointed, but I’m looking forward to coming back strong next year."
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 390
2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 339
3. Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 289
4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 239
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