Coming into round eight of the 2023 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Westby Racing had high hopes for another stellar weekend at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). With two runner-up results last year at COTA, Mathew Scholtz and the team were brimming with anticipation of another podium-producing weekend.
Saturday’s fifth-place result was a disappointment for Mathew and the team, but they went to work on Saturday night with a solid plan to improve in Sunday’s race two. Well, sometimes, the best-laid plans can be thwarted by unexpected circumstances. Such was the case when another rider’s crashed and his sliding bike took Mathew out of Sunday’s Superbike race two.
“Getting fifth in Saturday’s race wasn’t what this team was looking for nor what we expected,” Mathew said. “But we made some changes overnight and went into Sunday’s race two looking to put the Westby Yamaha on the podium. It didn’t quite go to plan, however, because I got hit by another rider’s bike, and there was nothing I could do to prevent it. I took a pretty rough tumble from the impact, but I was able to get back on my feet after taking a moment to recover.
“We’ve got one more round left in the season, and we’re as determined as ever to get the results this team and (team owner) Tryg (Westby) deserve. See you in New Jersey.”
The Westby Racing team will finish out the 2023 MotoAmerica Superbike season on September 22 through 24 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
- Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 382
- Josh Herrin – Ducati – 261
- PJ Jacobsen – BMW – 233
- Cameron Beaubier – BMW – 203
- Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 195
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