The following is from Westby Racing…
On Saturday afternoon, under the bright sunshine at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, things didn’t turn out quite so sunny for Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz as “The Corkscrew,” Laguna Seca’s iconic, signature feature, reached up and bit him, resulting in him crashing his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike out of race one, ironically, on lap 11 of the 23-lap event.
Starting from the second row of the grid after qualifying fifth in Superpole, Mathew was running in fifth place and looking to hunt down the race leaders when he lost the front end of his Yamaha at the top of turn 8 and ended his day.
“Yesterday, we kind of missed the first qualifying practice because we had a little bit of a mechanical issue, so the second qualifying practice was a little bit of catching up for us,” commented Mathew as he talked about his weekend so far. “We knew that the bike wasn’t set up perfectly yet, and I was still getting into my groove. For this morning’s practice, we changed a few things, and I definitely got faster. With Superpole right after that, we didn’t want to make any changes, and I ended up qualifying fifth, which wasn’t too bad.
“We made a couple of changes before the race, and they were definitely beneficial. I was running fifth in the race and going backwards and forwards slightly, then, coming into The Corkscrew, I lost the front and slid out of the race. I’m really disappointed because I was barely on the edge, doing a comfortable pace, and I just crashed out. I have to say sorry to my Westby crew because I shouldn’t have crashed. We looked at the data, and we definitely found out where we can make the bike better. So, in tomorrow morning’s warmup, we’ll try the new settings and see if we can improve in tomorrow’s race.”
As Mathew alluded to, he and the team will try again tomorrow when Superbike Race 2 goes green at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday at 3:15 PM Pacific Time.
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The following is from Attack Performance Estenson Racing…
It was a day of mixed results for JD Beach as he tackled back-to-back races on Saturday, July 13, in the FIM Superbike World Championship and MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. A technical issue cut his race short in WorldSBK, but he was able to put in a solid effort in his national superbike championship and cross the line fourth.
Beach’s goal for his debut in WorldSBK was to put in a solid top-10 finish. He was on his way to achieving that with a good start in the race that had him in the hunt for that position. The dirt/road racer worked his way into ninth, but lost a few spots in the four-way battle. Beach was making ground in that fight until a technical issue forced him to pull into the pits and take him out of a points-paying position.
There was no time to dwell on the misfortune as Beach and his Attack Performance Estenson Racing team had to switch gears to the MotoAmerica race that followed on the heels of the World Championship. Once again, Beach got off to a good start and found himself in the lead pack with the factory four. The pace was hot, and he did what he could to hang on, but he ultimately had to salvage a fourth-place position to take valuable points.
“The World Superbike race started out well. I was feeling good. The group started to pull a little bit of a gap, but then I started to bring it back. Then I went down the corkscrew and went to shift to third gear and the shifter was down. One of the stock parts just broke on the shifter and just made it to where the bike was stuck in second gear. I had to pull into the pits, which sucked, but it was an easy fix. We’ll be back on track tomorrow.
“In the MotoAmerica race, I got off to another great start and was right there in the lead group. There were five of us going back and forth. The race pace was really good. After about midway, I was starting to lose a little bit of front grip. With about four laps to go or so, the grip got really bad. I was starting to get a little bit of chatter. So, at that point, I had lost the top three a little bit and just wanted to bring it home in fourth.
“Doing both races in one day was tough, but luckily I had a ton of help as far as making sure I was eating, I was drinking, and my gear was ready. It was definitely a long day. I think tomorrow, even though we have three races, it shouldn’t be as long of a day. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
The following is from Team Hammer…