Mathew Scholtz Podiums At Sonoma Raceway Aboard The Westby Racing Yamaha Superbike2019-08-11 15:18
On a track that’s yielded good and not-so-good results for Mathew Scholtz, Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race at Sonoma Raceway definitely falls under the “good” column for the Westby Racing rider as he finished third for his third podium result of a somewhat difficult season.
Starting from the inside of the second row for the 22-lap feature event, Mathew rode a steady race and also took full advantage of some rider attrition to cross the finish line behind two of the four factory riders in the MotoAmerica Series.
“It definitely has been a difficult season,” commented Mathew. “We’ve had pace. We’ve been there, but we made a couple changes and we went backwards a couple times slightly. This weekend we kind of just went back to last year and how we went through debriefs and setup and just trying not to complicate things and do too many changes. Every session, every time I pulled in, we were making multiple changes. It got to the point where I wasn’t riding the bike as hard as I could because I was always worried about setup or where it was sliding and everything. Coming here and just focusing on me was a big, big step forward for us. Unfortunately, in the first practice I crashed on the second lap, so that didn’t help. But to go out in second practice and end up fourth after how things have gone, we were very, very happy.
“When the race went on, I think I was back in maybe sixth place and (Jake) Lewis and (Josh) Herrin and everyone were going backwards and forwards. I’ve crashed out of two of the last four races, so I just thought to myself, I’ve got to stay out of the mess and just ride my own race. Guys went down. I kept my head. I’m over the moon for the Westby team. They’ve worked so hard. We’re a family. When I do bad, the atmosphere is terrible, but when I do well, it’s an absolute party there. I’m very happy for the team. We’ll go home, have a mini celebration, and come back stronger tomorrow.”
Superbike Race 2 goes green at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday at 3 PM Pacific Time.
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