South African Mathew Scholtz will be the team’s official rider in the Superstock 1000 class.
Yamalube/Westby Racing is proud to announce that it has named 2016 South African SuperGP Champion Mathew Scholtz as its official team rider for the 2017 MotoAmerica Series. The announcement was made by Tryg Westby, principal owner of Yamalube/Westby Racing.
Scholtz will compete in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 championship. He’ll be aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, with the team’s brand-new #11 emblazoned across the front and sides of the iconic gold-and-black-liveried, Yamalube-branded motorcycle.
In 2016, Scholtz raced in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class, initially for another team before he joined Yamalube/Westby Racing for round seven of the nine-round series at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.
At UMC, Scholtz notched two podium results in his very first race weekend with the team. He went on to record three more second-place finishes in the final two rounds of the 2016 MotoAmerica season, ending up seventh overall in the final Superstock 1000 points standings.
After the 2016 MotoAmerica season concluded, Scholtz went back to his homeland of South Africa, where he had been contesting the 2016 SuperGP Championship. Riding his #20 ETR Nashua Yamaha R1, Scholtz clinched the title at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas, South Africa, on October 29.
For 2017, Scholtz will focus his racing efforts exclusively on the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship. “I am very proud to have won the 2016 SuperGP Championship in my home country of South Africa,” he said. “But, for 2017, I am fully committed to racing in the MotoAmerica Series for Yamalube/Westby Racing.
Scholtz and Yamalube/Westby Racing will participate in the MotoAmerica Preseason Test powered by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, which will be held at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on March 28-29. Yamalube/Westby Racing will return to COTA on April 20-23 for the opening round of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series season.
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