The 10th and final round of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship begins on Friday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, and Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team are determined to finish out the season with two podium results on Barber’s 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course.
It’s a track on which Mathew has had a lot of success, highlighted by his historic 2017 Superbike race victory aboard his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 when the bike was in Superstock 1000 trim.
Currently ranked sixth in the 2019 Superbike standings, Mathew and the team have a good chance to move up to fifth and possibly even fourth in the rankings, depending on how things go in the two Superbike races at Barber.
“It’s been a bit of a tough season for us coming to grips with the new Superbike electronics,” admitted Mathew. “But, we’ve made progress all season long. Our results at the last couple of rounds have been more where we expect to be, especially finishing on the podium in race two at New Jersey. We’d like to get a couple more podiums this weekend and hopefully move up a position or two in the final Championship standings. The track at Barber has been repaved, so that could be a bit of an equalizer. The advantage goes to the teams that can adapt the quickest and best to the new surface, make the right tire choices, and manage tire life. I’ve got full confidence in the Westby team and myself that we can face these unknowns and use them to our advantage.
Superbike race one will go green on Saturday at 3 PM Central Time, and Superbike race two is on Sunday also at 3 PM Central Time. Both races will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) and streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.
Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More
On Saturday from 12 to 12:45 PM, Mathew will be available for autographs at the Westby Racing transporter in the Barber Motorsports Park paddock during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session. The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, which takes place on pit lane at Barber on Sunday from 11 to 11:45 AM, 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 Westby Racing brand ambassador.
Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase
Beta Tools, Livengood Motor Sports, SBS Brakes, Superbike Unlimited LLC, Vigilante Associates, and Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc. will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and find out more about some of the companies that support the team.
The 2019 Westby Racing Golden Ticket Winner Will Be At Barber
Natasha Nelson is the 2019 Westby Racing Golden Ticket Winner, and she and her husband Graeme Pawson will be at Barber Motorsports Park all weekend long as she collects her prizes, hangs out with Mathew and the Westby Racing team, and enjoys the experience of a lifetime.
The following is from RBoM…
Arizona Speed Engineering’s Pete Murray has spent 5 years racing a variety of machinery for VRS Racing on the mountain course of the Isle of Mann, including the Manx GP, and will bring his international experience to Barber Motorsport Park to test his skills against MotoAmerica’s top Twins Cup competitors. Pete has won Replica trophies, awarded to those finishing within 110% of the winners time, at each of the three Manx GP’s he has competed in. Pete Murray was one of only a handful of Americans to compete at the Isle of Mann in 2017 and 2018.
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The following is from Attack Performance Estenson Racing…
It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a season for Beach. The two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion got off to a good start with a podium finish at the first race of the year at Road Atlanta. He then went on to score his first career Superbike win a few rounds later at VIRginia International Raceway, making history in the process by scoring a win on back-to-back weekends in the premier class of American Flat Track and MotoAmerica. From there, it was a bit of struggle, but he and the team worked together to find a set-up solution. That paid off at the previous round at New Jersey Motorsports Park where he returned to top form and scored a pair of podiums (3-2), even leading race two for eight laps.
With two races remaining in the season, Beach looks to build on his momentum at Barber Motorsports Park and add another win to his resume.
JD Beach – No. 95 MotoAmerica Superbike
“The last round is this weekend, and it’s been a crazy year. It’s been fun. It’s been hard. We have definitely made some progress with the bike. I think it was a little too late, though, which kind of sucks. We had a really good round in New Jersey, and I feel like, if we had figured that out earlier this year, we could have been fighting for more podiums. But, that’s racing. It’s never easy.
“I’m really looking forward to the finale. It’s a track that I’ve raced at a lot. I guess you could say it’s kind of like a home race because it’s so close. It’s kind of an unknown going into this weekend because the track has been repaved, so everybody doesn’t know what it will be like. It’s going to be fun, though, because I get to race a Superbike there. I just hope we can go out and have a good run like we did in New Jersey. It’s my last race with the Attack team on the Superbike so I want to have a good weekend and maybe get another win.”
The MotoAmerica Superbike races at Barber Motorsports Park will be aired on FS2 Saturday, September 21, at 10:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET. You can also stream all the action live on MotoAmerica Live+ starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, at 10:45 a.m. ET. To subscribe to the live streaming click here: https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com/
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