On Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, both of Westby Racing’s riders competed in their respective race classes, and the team came away with a second-place result for Mathew Scholtz in Superbike and a top-ten finish for Cody Wyman in Junior Cup.
After only a one-race hiatus from the podium, Mathew started from the middle of the front row after qualifying second in the morning’s Superpole session aboard his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. Getting a good jump off the line, he slotted into second and maintained his position throughout the 21-lap event. The finish moved Mathew even closer to taking over second place in the season points standings.
“It’s the halfway point of the season, so I’m looking forward to the championship for me, personally,” Mathew said. “I kind of knew that we had to start gaining points on Jake (Gagne, currently in second place in the season points standings), so once he crashed, I thought, now we can pick up some serious points there. Not saying that I could have kept up with Cam (Beaubier, who was the race winner) because he’s riding awesome, but I was definitely thinking second place wouldn't slow me down as far as the championship goes. So, I kind of just chilled to there and brought it home. Really happy with how the bike is going. Just had to catch up to Jake because we were pretty far back at one point. So, I was really happy there. Tonight, we’ve got a couple things that we wanted to try yesterday but, due to the (wet track) conditions, we weren’t able to, so hopefully, we’ll try them in the warm-up tomorrow morning and try to close the gap on Cameron.”
Sunday’s Superbike Race Two is at 3 PM Eastern and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and Eurosport, as well as streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.
In Junior Cup race one, Cody, who races the only Yamaha YZF-R3 in the field, qualified eighth, which meant that he had to start from the middle of the third row. The starting position compounded things, and he found himself too far back in the pack to be able to make any draft passes to improve his result, At the checkers, he unfortunately ended up a couple of spots further back than he started, crossing the finish line in tenth and have some regrets about the setup that he and the team decided to go with for the race.
“I was struggling this morning and was trying to find a rhythm, and I ended up qualifying 8th for the weekend,” commented Cody. “Then, we decided to take a gamble on the setup and gearing in order to hopefully get a better result in the race. Unfortunately, the gamble just didn’t pay off for us. There’s another race tomorrow, though, and we get to have another go. Tomorrow morning, we’ll try out some new things. I know I’m better than what we did today, and we’ll look to get some better results on the Westby Racing Yamaha in race two.”
Sunday’s Junior Cup Race Two is at 2 PM Eastern and will be broadcast via tape-delay on FS2 (check your local listings for FS2 airtimes), in addition to being live-streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.
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