After finishing second in Superbike race one at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, on Saturday, Westby Racing’s Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz raced his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 to a fourth-place finish on Sunday.
Starting in fourth position on the inside of the second row of the grid, Mathew got a good jump off the line and held on to fourth tenaciously throughout the 17-lap weekend-concluding race. He got within striking distance of overtaking third-place Bobby Fong a few times during the race, but Mathew couldn’t quite make the move around him. Bobby did a good job defending his position, and it was clear that he wasn’t going to let Mathew surprise him with an overtaking maneuver like he did in Saturday’s race.
As hard as Mathew tried to keep his five-race podium-finishing streak alive, he ultimately crossed the finish line in fourth to record his ninth top-five finish out of ten races thus far in the season.
“All in all, it was a successful weekend for the Westby Racing Team and me, especially at this new track and in a part of the U.S. that I’ve never visited, but I definitely look forward to coming back to,” Mathew said. “We got up to speed very quickly this weekend, and the guys had the bike working perfectly on what is a very technical and challenging race course.
“The track has a lot of grip, and choosing the right compound of front and rear tires is critical because tire wear is definitely an issue. The weather was absolutely perfect the whole time we were here, and it’s a shame that we couldn’t have had spectators because it was a good show from start to finish. I hope all the fans got to see us race on TV or on MotoAmerica Live+.
“Also, I hope that we’ll be back here again next year, and that we’ll have the fans here with us to enjoy the circuit and cheer us on. For now, we’ll travel back to the East Coast, take a little break, and get ready to race again in about a week-and-a-half.”
Next up for Westby Racing is round six of the MotoAmerica Championship, which will take place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on September 11 through 13.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
- Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 225
- Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 171
- Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 149
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