With round one of the MotoAmerica Superbike season coming up on April 21-23 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Westby Racing and its rider Mathew Scholtz completed its third of four planned preseason tests this past Wednesday and Thursday at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California.
Weather has been a factor at each of the Buttonwillow tests thus far, but crew chief Ed Sullivan and his experienced crew were determined to continue dialing in the firmware update that they made to the Marelli ECU on the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. With Mathew in the saddle, the team made judicious use of the track time and extracted maximum value from the laps available.
“I was very happy with the progress we made last week,” Mathew said. “Similar to our last test, the weather really didn’t play into our hands, and it kind of limited our track time, but I think we made some very good progress with the new firmware upgrade. I’m getting really good feeling with the bike again, and we managed to figure out a few things. We’ve gotten to the point where we have a really good base setup with the bike’s electronics. We’ll have one more two-day test at Buttonwillow, which will be our final test before our first race weekend at Road Atlanta. The plan at the next test is to fine-tune a few things and also try a couple of things with the chassis. My Westby Racing crew has been working hard, and we’ve made a lot of really good progress. We’re closing in on having a very good feeling with the bike for the first race weekend.”
Mathew and the Westby Racing team will be at Buttonwillow again on April 4 and 5 for their final preseason test. For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com
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