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It wasn’t a great day for Mathew Scholtz on Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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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JD Beach finished fourth in Saturday’s first EBC Brakes Superbike race.

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.”

Alex Dumas finished third in Saturday’s Twins Cup race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The following is from Team Hammer…

Team Hammer continued its run of podiums on Saturday as the race action got underway for the hugely popular combined WorldSBK/MotoAmerica Superbike weekend at Laguna Seca.
Roadracing World Young Guns pilot Alex Dumas backed up his maiden Twins Cup victory last time out at Utah Motorsports Complex with another podium ride on Saturday at Laguna Seca.
Dumas stole the holeshot from second on the grid and proceeded to lead the opening nine laps of the 12-lap race aboard his Suzuki SV650.
Dumas found himself embroiled in an intense scrap for victory over the final three laps and clawed his way back into striking distance as the race opened its final lap.
However, the young Canadian was forced to run wide after saving a big slide entering Turn 2, dropping him to third position. That’s where he would stay to the checkered flag, finishing just 0.846-second off the win.
It was yet another impressive performance for the rising star and marked his third podium finish in succession.
“I had a good start, and I’m really happy how I was able to lead most of the race,” Dumas said. “I did make that mistake on the last lap — I downshifted into first gear, and I was sliding all over. I tried to make it up, but we ran into a bunch of lappers. I thought about the championship and third place was a good result. I’m just really looking forward to moving on to Sonoma now.”
Dumas’ Twins Cup teammate, Autovest Suzuki’s Joseph Blasius, won a tight four-rider fight for the final spot in the top 10.
Blasius ran just outside the top 10 for most of the race, but made a late and ultimately hit the stripe 0.218-second in front of the 11th-place finisher with 12th and 13th both within a second as well.
Superbike ace Jake Lewis piloted his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000R to a fifth top-5 result in his last seven races. Lewis got away with the lead seven-rider pack early and used that quick start to build an unassailable gap over the second group.
Lewis rode a steady race from that point forward and capitalized on the misfortune of a couple of his rivals to climb to fifth at the flag.
Meanwhile, Daniel Mole slashed nearly a half-second off his qualifying best aboard his Pacific Utility Suzuki GSX-R1000R en route to a 21st-place result in the 12-lap Stock 1000 race.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s middleweight duo of Bobby Fong and Sean Dylan Kelly had the day off to contemplate Sunday’s Supersport final qualifying session and race.
Both riders again look capable of battling up front with Fong fourth and Kelly eighth-fastest provisionally, with Kelly expecting to improve as he continues to gain experience around the idiosyncratic circuit on the team’s potent GSX-R600 racebike.
With the Twins Cup and Stock 1000 classes complete for the weekend, all attention will be focused on Sunday’s Superbike and Supersport shootouts as Team Hammer looks to add to its weekend trophy haul.