All In One Day: Superpole And A Superbike Race 1 Runner-Up Result Go To Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz On Saturday At Road Atlanta2018-04-15 08:32
Mathew Scholtz and Yamalube/Westby Racing got the first weekend of their inaugural MotoAmerica Superbike season off to a great start on Saturday at Road Atlanta.
Mathew, the 2017 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion, was the fastest rider in Superbike Superpole (final qualifying), which earned him the right to start the afternoon’s feature race from the first position on the starting grid aboard his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1.
From the outset, the “Durban Dynamo” gave defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias all he could handle, and he even got around Elias and took the lead at one point early in the race.
“It was really nice to be battling up front with Toni (Elias), and I learned quite a few things today. I kind of knew from the practice sessions that I could run the pace, but I thought around mid-race that we’d start going a little slower. That didn’t happen until, maybe lap 14 or 15, which was quite a surprise. All in all, I’m very, very happy. I finished quite a few seconds behind Toni, which, being right there until the last couple of laps was good, but being there at the end is something that we need to work on. The Yamalube/Westby Racing team gave me a brilliant bike today, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Mathew will line up in the pole position again tomorrow for Superbike Race 2, which will go green at 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
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