A Rare Crash Takes Mathew Scholtz Out Of Contention In Sunday’s Superbike Race At Laguna Seca

After finishing fifth in Saturday’s Superbike race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca due to a technical issue, Mathew Scholtz, rider of the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, was looking forward to a better result in Sunday’s race. Unfortunately, the result that he and the team were looking for ended up in a cloud of dust when he tucked the front of his Yamaha Superbike on lap 10 of the 20-lap race.

 Scholtz Laguna Seca 2022

Sunday morning warmup brought promise for the Westby squad when Mathew was fourth in the session, and he and the team felt confident in the bike setup for the afternoon’s race. 

Starting from the pole, Mathew got shuffled back to third off the line, then dropped to fourth on the opening lap and fifth on lap two where he maintained his position. He moved back into fourth on lap seven, which he held for three laps until lowsiding his Yamaha at the halfway point of the race. 

Mathew remounted and returned to the pits, but the damage to the bike was too extensive for him to safely continue.

Scholtz Laguna Seca 2022

The Westby Racing team will regroup and be back in action for round seven of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, which takes place at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota, on July 29 through 31.


MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

  1. Danilo Petrucci – Ducati – 215
  2. Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 212
  3. Cameron Petersen – Yamaha – 175
  4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 170
  5. Hector Barbera – BMW – 122
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