Birmingham, AL – September 22, 2018 –
After qualifying third in Superpole earlier on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, Mathew Scholtz equaled that result with a third-place finish in the penultimate MotoAmerica Superbike race of the season on Saturday afternoon.
It was the eighth podium of the season for Mathew aboard the #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, but it definitely didn’t come easily for the South African. As the 21-lap feature drew to a close, Mathew got into a battle with Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden. The two riders diced back-and-forth and even came together briefly, but Mathew ultimately prevailed to take third on the day.
“(Roger Hayden) followed me in and passed me on the second to the last lap,” Mathew said. “His bike is the fastest bike again. I came from so far back. There was nothing else that I could really do. I made a move. It was hard, but none of us crashed. I’m sorry that he got pushed wide. I finished third, and I’m just thankful to everyone who has supported me.”
Superbike Race 2, the final race of the 2018 MotoAmerica season, is set to go green at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
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