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Mathew Scholtz Bounces Back From Saturday Adversity To Finish On The Podium In Sunday’s Superbike Race Two At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL – September 23, 2019 –
The 2019 MotoAmerica season concluded on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, and in the final Superbike race of the year, Mathew Scholtz piloted the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike to a third-place result, which completed an all-Yamaha podium and brought his tally to 13 top-five finishes out of a total of 20 races this season.
For Mathew and the Westby Racing team, it was a triumphant return to form after a difficult Saturday. In the 15-minute Sunday morning warmup, Mathew was the fifth fastest Superbike rider, which gave the team a much-needed boost heading into the afternoon’s Superbike race two.
Starting from the middle of the third row on the grid, Mathew got a good jump off the line and moved up to fifth on the first lap. He then got shuffled back to ninth, but he went to work and methodically made his way back up to fifth. After the halfway point of the 21-lap race, he moved up to fourth, and then, one lap later, into third, which he maintained all the way to the checkered flag.
“It was definitely good to finish up with a podium,” Mathew said. “Spirits were really low yesterday. The boys were really pumped. I’ve had an up-and-down season. Started off, I wouldn’t say terribly, but nowhere near where we thought. I feel like, the last couple of races, we’ve come on well. Just thank you to the Westby guys. They’ve been working hard. I’m just really happy to be back up here racing. We haven’t signed a contract yet, but 2020 is basically down for us. Just happy to be back here. After last year, things went pretty well but just the normal checkbox on the Yamaha getting everything ready. The Yamaha factory guys stepped up the pace at every single track. They were in a class of their own the last couple races. So I feel like, today, if I maybe could have tagged on with them, I could have followed them, so that gives me huge confidence for next year that we can at least challenge for race wins occasionally. I think that’s the goal for us. To everyone watching back home--my friends, family, my fiancée, everyone--it’s been a dream come true racing here."
2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 367
2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 362
3. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 316
6. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 204
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