The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…
Round 7 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship gets under way this Friday at Sonoma Raceway smack-dab in the middle of California’s wine country.
Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team moved back into third place in the season points standings on the strength of their solid performance in Utah last month, and they’re looking to keep the momentum going as they compete in the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma. Spraying the celebratory bubbly is definitely one of the weekend goals.
Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course features 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 14 feet), and the track suits the #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike quite well. With the bike in Superstock 1000 trim last year at Sonoma, Mathew finished 5th overall in race one and 4th overall in race two.
“Sonoma was a really good round for us last year, and now that our R1 is a full-on Superbike, it’s an even better bike than it was last year. So, we’re definitely hoping for a couple of podium results this weekend. It’s good to be back in third place in the Championship, but (Josh) Herrin is only one point behind us, so we’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’ve been training hard, and these final few tracks on the schedule should be good for us. I felt like I was a little bit too conservative at Utah, and there are some good places to pass at Sonoma. So, I think I can take some calculated risks this weekend, unlike last year when winning the Superstock 1000 title was first on my mind. Podiums are important, though, for the team and our sponsors. I’m not saying that I’m going to try to win it or bin it, but going into Sonoma this year is quite different than it was last year.”
Superbike Qualifying Practice sessions begin on Friday, and Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 AM Pacific Time. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Pacific, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3:30 PM Pacific.
Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More
Mathew will be available for autographs at the Yamalube/Westby Racing transporter in the Sonoma Raceway paddock during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from 12 to 12:45 PM. The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Sunday on pit lane at Sonoma, is another great opportunity to meet Mathew. He’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with him, as well as with Lacy Contreras, the Yamalube/Westby Racing brand ambassador. Also, be sure to ask Lacy to sign you up for the team’s fantastic sponsor giveaways.
Check Out The Yamalube/Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase
Renthal, RK Chain, and Zero Gravity windscreens will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Yamalube/Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.
For more updates about Yamalube/Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com
The following is from Yamaha…
Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will descend upon the 12-turn 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway road course this weekend, Aug. 10-12, for Round 7 of the2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship in Northern California’s scenic wine country. Coming off a 1-2 finish at the previous round in Utah, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff look to keep the momentum rolling on their YZF-R1 Superbikes, while JD Beach aims to extend his Supersport championship points lead on his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team
Cameron Beaubier, a Northern California native from the nearby city of Roseville, holds a 49-point lead in the Superbike Championship as the series lands in front of his hometown crowd in Sonoma. Through his consistency and refined race craft, the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion has been able to place his R1 on the podium in all but one race in 2018, capturing five wins along the way.
Garrett Gerloff continues to make strides in his inaugural Superbike season, and heads into the weekend with great momentum after scoring a career-best second-place in Utah. Although he expects some challenges with the Sonoma road course on a powerful Superbike, the two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion will focus on conquering the weekend with a pair of podium finishes. Gerloff sits fifth overall in the Superbike standings with four podium finishes behind him.
Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1
“I was pretty happy heading out of Utah with a second and a win because I knew that was going to be a tough track for us, but we turned out to be pretty strong there and built on it throughout the weekend. I’m going into Sonoma excited and looking to keep the momentum going. We’ve won some races here close to home and I like tight, twisty tracks like this one on the R1.”
Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1
“Sonoma has no straightaways, which was something that I liked on the 600 and something that made the track really fun and flowing. But after riding the track on the Superbike, I realized that it’s not so easy, and that aspect is going to make things a little difficult, but I’m always up for a good challenge! Luckily, we already had a test here in the winter, so I have an idea of what to expect going into the race. I’m looking forward to it.”
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 12 of 20 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 248
2 Tony Elias – Suzuki 199
3 Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha 152
4 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 151
5 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 131
7 Kyle Wyman – Yamaha 101
Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PDT, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team
At just past the halfway point of the 17-race Supersport Championship, JD Beach holds an 82-point lead over the competition in what has proven to be some of the most exciting battles of the season. Beach has piloted his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 to a total of seven race wins and two second-place finishes thus far, and he continues to put in the work between rounds to further extend his streak in the second half of the season.
JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6
“Sonoma is a track that I’ve been looking forward to all year. It’s probably one of the hardest tracks for me on the calendar, so I’m excited to use the knowledge I’ve gained throughout the year there. We’ve all seen the Yamaha R6 put down some fast lap times there so I know it’s not the bike. I’ve been doing some extra training between Utah and Sonoma to help in some of the areas I’ve struggled with in the past, so I hope to see a ton of fans out there for another great weekend of MotoAmerica action.”
2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 9 of 17 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 215
2 Hayden Gillim – Yamaha 133
3 Cory West – Yamaha 95
5 Braeden Ortt – Yamaha 87
Supersport Qualifying at Sonoma Raceway is Saturday at 10:50 a.m. PDT, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Ventura and Blackmon Enhance Skillsets for Junior Cup Action
Graves/Yamaha-supported YZF-R3 riders Cory Ventura and Jackson Blackmon recently attended the fifth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp in Tavullia, Italy, where they received specialized training from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP racing legend Valentino Rossi and other experts. Accompanied by Yamaha Factory Racing Ambassador and bLU cRU Rider Coach Josh Hayes, Ventura and Blackmon had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a variety of training sessions including classroom lectures, physical fitness conditioning and specialized riding instruction on both pavement and dirt. Both riders gained a wealth of knowledge for the technical aspects of motorcycle racing, which they plan to apply in MotoAmerica Junior Cup competition beginning this weekend with the Championship of Sonoma.
Cory Ventura – #64 YZF-R3
“I had an absolute blast at the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp! I had so much fun learning about how all the VR46 riders train and how things work for all of them. I am going to take home all the valuable things they told me I need to work on in order to get ready for Sonoma!”
Jackson Blackmon – #18 YZF-R3
“Getting to go to the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp was nothing less than a dream come true. When I got the news that I was going to Italy for a week to train with the legend Valentino Rossi and the other academy riders, I knew it was an incredible opportunity, but I had no clue what an eye-opening experience it would be. Riding at the Ranch was so awesome! I’ve seen so many videos of that place and riding there has always been a dream to me. Also, getting to ride at Misano was so cool. The track is fast, smooth, and one of the nicest I’ve ever ridden. The Master Camp was something I’ll never forget and all the great people and experiences I will remember forever. I can’t thank Yamaha enough for everything, including the top-of-the-line bikes we rode in various disciplines over the five days. Also, I can’t say thank you enough to VR46 for giving me this opportunity. I hope to take what I learned and apply it in my upcoming races and I really hope to go back in the future and train some more!”
To see more of the action from the fifth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, visit:.
MotoAmerica Junior Cup qualifying begins on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. PDT, with Race 1 going green at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers Twice This Weekend
All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from Noon to 12:45 p.m., and again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For the complete MotoAmerica race schedule and event details, visit:.
The following is from Omega Moto…
After a constructive start to the Omega Moto team’s collaboration with veteran rider Geoff May, the team is expecting even better results at the upcoming MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma. The team now possesses a race weekend of experience working with May, as well as data from the previous round at Utah Motorsports Campus. The experience and data should help the team get its Yamaha YZF-R1 package dialed in more quickly for May when the series visits Sonoma Raceway Aug. 10-12.
May scored a top-10 finish in his debut race with the team at the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah. Despite problems that developed with the team’s motorcycle during the second Superbike Class race of the weekend, May was unfazed and finished that race in the points.
“I am excited to get back to action with Omega Moto,” May said. “I feel we made good progress at Utah Motorsports Campus. The team and I built a great working relationship in a short amount of time and we established a direction with the setup quickly. We will have some new pieces to try at Sonoma and I am confident I will be able to move the bike farther up the field.”
The team’s next task is to get their R1 set up for the technical, undulating, 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway road course. It is the team’s home track and May has ample previous experience racing at the facility.
“Our first weekend working with Geoff was a productive one,” Team Principal Ken Chewey said. “The team really gelled around Geoff. His input and experience are helping the team improve our Yamaha R1 package quickly. He showed mental toughness and focus at the previous round when he continued to race despite the problems our bike was experiencing. Sonoma is a challenging track to set a bike up for but both the team’s and Geoff’s experience competing there will hopefully give us an edge over our competition.”
The MotoAmerica Superbike Class races on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, are scheduled to be broadcast live on beIN Sports and beIN Sports Connect. Both broadcasts are scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m. Eastern/3:25 p.m. Pacific.
For Omega Moto fans in northern California, tickets are still available for the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma.
The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…
As the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team prepares for the next round of the MotoAmerica series at Somona Raceway Aug. 10-12, it is pleased to announce Evol Technology LLC will be the team’s title sponsor for the event. The team has built a mutually-beneficial relationship with Evol Technology and is happy to highlight its partnership at the Championship of Sonoma. Both team rider Travis Wyman and crew chief Steve Weir have worked with Evol Technology LLC to perfect its products for BMW motorcycles.
Evol Technology LLC designs, develops, and manufactures precision mechanical products and prototypes, specializing in motorsports applications and prototyping services for the broader mechanical and industrial design community. Evol Technology LLC is based in Idaho, U.S.A. All of its products and services are 100-percent American made.
“We started working with Travis as one of our development riders several years ago and continued our relationship with Travis when he started his collaboration with Weir Everywhere Racing BMW this season,” said Evol Technology LLC owner and founder Steve Korol. “Travis has played a large role in developing and improving the quality of our products. He has great technical knowledge of the products he tests and has been instrumental in our development of our rear sets for the BMW S 1000 RR. Thanks to Travis’ feedback this season we have been able to develop rear sets for the team’s bike that maximize ground clearance without sacrificing rider comfort.”
California Superbike School has also increased its sponsorship of the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW effort for the Championship of Sonoma.
“I am excited to get back to racing at Sonoma and am grateful for the increased support this weekend from Evol Technology LLC,” Wyman said. “My team has worked really hard to give me a great bike to ride every race. I am aiming to score my third win of the 2018 season at the Championship of Sonoma, which would not be possible without Evol Technology stepping up this weekend.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Evol for the past several years and they have been avid supporters of my racing career. I am delighted that our team can highlight the special and mutually-beneficial relationship we have with Steve Korol and everyone else at Evol Technology LLC.
“I also want to thank California Superbike School for increasing their support of the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW program for the round at Sonoma. I will be using the same techniques I teach as an instructor at the school to put my team’s BMW S 1000 RR back on top of the box.”
The team will be aiming to continue its championship hunt on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile, undulating road course. Weir’s experience racing and tuning at the track should help him get the team’s BMW S 1000 RR package dialed in quickly for Wyman.
“The whole team is super excited to get our BMW S 1000 RR package back out on track,” Weir said. “I have lots of time racing at Sonoma Raceway, as well as tuning BMWs there. Travis has been training hard for this event and I know he is ready to take another on-track step forward in our championship chase. Sonoma Raceway is a real rider’s track and Travis’ proven chemistry with our BMW package gives us an edge on our competition heading into the weekend.
“I am also happy to have Evol Technology LLC come onboard as the team’s title sponsor for the Championship of Sonoma. I have been working with Evol on designing products for BMW motorcycles and they are a great group of individuals to work with. Our MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class program has helped them with their product development and I look forward to continuing our working relationship with them.”
Wyman currently sits in second place in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class standings and is one of only two riders that have a realistic opportunity to win the class’ inaugural title.
MotoAmerica is now live streaming its Stock 1000 Class races on Facebook Live. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. Eastern/4:30 p.m. Pacific at www.facebook.com/motoamerica to watch the team contend for the race win. Also be sure to follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/traviswymanracing/ and on Instagram at @twyman24.
The following is from Team Legacy Racing…
Team Legacy Racing is partnering with Hendricks Construction for the 7th round of the MotoAmerica Series at Sonoma Raceway in the Twins Cup Championship. Hendricks Construction has committed to title sponsor and is excited to help support Team Legacy Racing for this event. Team Legacy Racing is happy to have Hendricks Construction aboard for this event. Hendricks Construction is a company located in central California that specializes in home construction and renovation both interior and exterior. This will be Hendricks Construction first sponsorship with a national level motorcycle road racing team.
In addition to Hendricks Construction, Team Legacy Racing has partnered with a new associate sponsor Wood SLS with local roots. Wood SLS of Sonoma County is also a first-time sponsor. Wood SLS provides a range of services designed to help adults with developmental disabilities remain in independent community living in Sonoma County. Team Legacy Racing is looking forward to this partnership with Wood SLS.
“I am thrilled to have the support of these first-time sponsors for the upcoming event at Sonoma” Says team owner and rider Justin Filice “Being a track I grew up racing at I feel I can provide great exposure for these family owned California based companies.” Adds Filice. Team Legacy Racing in its debut event at Utah Motorsports Campus was able to reach the podium finishing 3rd place with Justin Filice aboard a Suzuki SV650 in the Twins Cup Championship.
Come cheer for Team Legacy Racing at Sonoma Raceway in the Twins Cup Championship on Saturday, August 11 at 4:30 p.m.
The following is from KWR…
The KWR team heads to Napa Valley, California this coming weekend for round seven of the MotoAmerica Cycle Gear Championship at Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince look to build on their recent success and break through for podium finishes on their Lucas Oil-sponsored KWR Yamahas
Wyman, who sits 7th in series points standings, looks forward to Sonoma since the team tested there back in June. The KWR crew and riders gathered valuable information about the circuit, which for Wyman, is one that he is least familiar with.
“I’m really looking forward to Sonoma this year, because we had a good test there back in June after Road America,” Wyman said. “We didn’t get a ton of testing in over the winter, so having a recent test at this track should really put us in a good position. This weekend will be the true test of what we’ve learned and how we approach the weekend. I can’t wait to ride my Lucas Oil R1.”
On the other side of the Lucas Oil/KWR stable, 600 Supersport competitor Bryce Prince is on his way to the front as well. Scoring a season-best 4th place in Utah, the Californian looks to earn his first career podium result in the Supersport class at Sonoma Raceway.
“The Sonoma race this weekend will be a great opportunity for us to apply what we’ve learned over the past few rounds,” Prince said. “My confidence is on an all-time high after our solid results at Utah Motorsports Campus. We have a really good base setup on my KWR R6 and I am really looking forward to how it will stack up against the field.”