Scholtz And Westby Racing lead the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship
Back in March 8, Westby announced that PUIG Hi-Tech Parts was joining Westby Racing as an official team partner. It’s the first time that the motorcycle company decides to be part of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. The team will use PUIG’s high-quality windscreens. Tryg, owner of Westby Racing said. “We’re very familiar with PUIG’s high-quality products, which have been race-proven with teams, and on racetracks, around the world, and we are proud to use PUIG Hi-Tech Parts on our Westby Racing YZF-R1 Superbike.”
After two rounds and four races completed in the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz sits at the top of the standings with a six-point lead.
Mathew notched a victory and a second-place finish at Road Atlanta during the opening weekend. This past weekend, he added another runner-up finish on Saturday at Virginia International Raceway and on Sunday, Scholtz added a third-place to finish the weekend. He has now a four-race podium streak.
The season couldn’t have started better for the team when Scholtz won the first race of the season and third of his career. The rider had a good start, holding his first position, which gave him confidence. He was leading the race until lap 14, when Loris Baz passed him. He then quickly got the position back after passing Baz on the next lap. After that, Mathew managed his gap and took the checkered flag by more than three seconds over second-place finisher Bobby Fong.
Moving onto the last weekend, at the Virginia International Raceway, Scholtz started the weekend with a second place on Saturday’s race. Followed to that, Sunday’s race was a rollercoaster where Mathew showed his champion character and made a great comeback.
On the opening lap of Sunday’s final race of the weekend, Mathew got caught up in traffic going into turn one. Thankfully, he didn’t fall or suffered any damages, but he did go all the way back to 14th place. After that setback, he went about his business and started clicking off laps as fast as, or faster than, the leaders. On lap 13, he made it all the way back up to third place where he battled with Josh Herrin for a few laps before securing the final spot on the podium on lap 17.
It was a hero effort from Mathew, who knows that podium finishes all season long are the key to winning his first MotoAmerica Superbike title. And now, he is on a four-race podium streak.
Next up for Westby Racing is round three of the MotoAmerica Championship, which will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 11 through 13.
MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 81
2. Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 75
3. Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 61