The following is from Westby Racing…
At Road America, affectionately known as “America’s National Park of Speed,” Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz raced to a solid fifth-place finish in MotoAmerica Superbike race one, while Junior Cup rider Sam Lochoff crossed the stripe for an eighth-place result in his race.
After qualifying on the second row in Saturday morning’s wet Superpole session, Mathew lined up in sixth position on the grid for the start of the race. The event was slightly delayed by the Wisconsin weather, declared dry, and shortened to a 12-lap sprint on the dry track.
Mathew got a good start off the line, but he was embroiled in a battle for position into the first turn, which pushed him a little bit further back in the pack. He raced hard aboard his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike and got back up to fifth, one position further towards the front than he had qualified in, and he maintained his fifth spot all the way to the checkered flag.
“We made a couple of changes in Friday’s practice, but unfortunately, it ended up raining on Saturday morning, so we didn’t get to test everything out,” Mathew said. “In the wet, I felt strong and confident that, if it was a rain race, I’d be battling for first. I got a pretty good start in the race but got a little bit bogged down in the first corner and lost a couple of spots. I clawed my way back up to the front group and, every lap, the pace was getting quicker and quicker, and I was just struggling to hang onto the guys. There were some sections where I felt like I could make up time, but in one or two corners, I was losing a lot of time, so we need to make some changes to the setup for Sunday. We had a long debriefing on Saturday night, probably the longest one I’ve ever had, and we have a very good idea what we need to do on Sunday, We’ll be very busy in the morning warmup, and it looks like it’s going to be dry, so we hope to finish on the podium on Sunday.”
Mathew’s teammate Sam Lochoff, who qualified 16th in Junior Cup on a track that he’d never seen until Friday, cut that starting position in half and moved up eight positions during the seven-lap race to notch an eighth-place result aboard his #57 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R3. Sam has been improving with each lap he rides on the unfamiliar Wisconsin circuit, and he and the team are looking for a top-five result in Sunday’s race.
Sunday’s Junior Cup Race 2 is at 1:10 PM Central and Superbike Race 2 is at 3:00 PM Central.
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The following is from Team Hammer…
The following is from Attack Performance Estenson Racing…
Although bad luck spoiled JD Beach’s podium ambitions, he was able to salvage valuable championship points with a seventh-place finish in MotoAmerica Superbike race one at Road America on Saturday, June 1.
After a tough day one of qualifying, Beach continued to make progress on day two moving up a position in Superpole and lining up on the grid seventh on his Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. He got a decent start, but was shuffled around a bit in the top seven. Around lap five, the rain flags came out. Although conditions were tricky, riders stayed out on the slick tires and it was a heated battle for position. Beach had his eyes set on another podium finish, but unfortunately a technical issue with three laps to go made seventh the best-possible position for him that day.
JD Beach – No. 95 MotoAmerica Superbike
“It was a good race. I think we took some big steps forward from the way we were going yesterday in practice. The first few laps, I was feeling really good. Then it started to sprinkle a little bit towards the middle of the race. I just kind of backed it down a little bit and the lead four kind of got a little bit of a gap. Once I started feeling a bit better, I started charging back up to them. I got up to the lead group and was making some moves. Then I think with about three laps to go we had a slight mechanical issue going into the first turn. I had to go wide and kind of get that sorted out. Once I got it fixed, we got going again and I tried to salvage some points. Coming away with a seventh isn’t horrible. That’s where we started. I think we learned a lot about the bike and about the track, so I’m feeling really good for the race tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to race two.”