Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz Makes A Splash On Saturday At Road Atlanta With A Podium Finish In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 22018-04-16 08:45
On a rainy Sunday at Road Atlanta, Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing wrapped up their weekend in Georgia with another MotoAmerica Superbike podium finish to follow up the podium result that they earned on Saturday. Mathew’s second- and third-place results put him in second place in the Championship points standings behind defending Superbike Champion Toni Elias.
Saturday’s partly sunny skies gave way to persistent rain on Sunday, and Mathew took his spot in the first position on the grid for Superbike Race 2, which was the result of him winning Saturday’s Superpole qualifying session. After the start, the wet track conditions immediately came into play as, on the first lap, a rider crashed, and Mathew had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid the incident. Despite the off-track excursion, Mathew deftly kept his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike upright as he rode through the grass and mud, returning to the tarmac unscathed, but shuffled to the back of the pack.
Undaunted, the “Durban Dynamo” gave his R1 some time to shed itself of the mud it had collected during the impromptu detour, and then he got down to the business of improving his track position. During his spirited charge to the front, Mathew recorded the fastest lap of the race up to that point in the event. By the time the checkers flew on Lap 18, he had passed rider after rider and made it onto the podium for the second consecutive day.
Commenting on his race, Mathew said, “I think that Jake (Lewis) highsided coming out of the first corner, and I had to just pull out wide, trying to avoid him. He sort of slid into my bike, and I had to run off the circuit. Fortunately, I kept it upright, and I came back on. It took me a couple of corners to get all the mud off the tires, and then, I just carried on. I put my head down and caught a couple of guys. A couple of guys crashed, which definitely helped me. So, all in all, I am happy to be sitting on the podium, and I want to give a big thanks to my whole team and all of our sponsors, including SBS Brakes, Superbike Unlimited LLC, and Biothermal LLC.”
The Yamalube/Westby Racing team will now travel to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for Round 2 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship this weekend. Mathew and his MotoAmerica Superbike competitors will race on the world stage during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, which begins on Friday.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 50
2. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 36
3. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 27
4. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 23
4. Kyle Wyman – Yamaha – 23
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