Team Releases: What They Say After Saturday At Road America


Mathew Scholtz ended up fifth in the first EBC Brakes Superbike race at Road America.

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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Bobby Fong finished second in Saturday’s Supersport race at Road America.

The following is from Team Hammer…

Team Hammer scored a double trophy haul on Saturday as the 2019 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season resumed at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Bobby Fong and Sean Dylan Kelly entered the day’s MotoAmerica Supersport race as podium favorites after showcasing the amazing power of their GSX-R600s around the high-speed venue by qualifying 1-2. And they proved to be major factors in the race, battling at the front of a six-rider pack during the opening laps.
Polesitter Fong and a rival shook free of that close-knit group at mid-distance and threatened to make it a two-rider fight to the checkered flag. However, 17-year-old Kelly reeled them back in, setting up an epic final lap.
Fong led to open it, but Kelly stormed through from third to first in Turn 5. He was shuffled back to second where he and Fong then tangled, providing their rival with an opportunity to eek open a small advantage that he maintained to the stripe.
Fong managed to re-pass Kelly to take back second, which he held to the flag by just 0.041 seconds.
Runner-up Fong said, “I’m ready to move forward to tomorrow and get another shot at it. It was fun racing with the guys. We knew we had a better bike down the front straight for sure, and we’ve been working so hard this year to try to get my performance on the brakes a little better. We’ll continue to do that, and hopefully we can find something for tomorrow. If we’re able to do that, I feel we’ll have the package to beat. Overall, I can’t complain. We got some good points, and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
Kelly’s third-place finish continues his amazing streak of finishing on the podium at each race weekend in what is his first season of professional racing in the United States.
“That was definitely a fun race, Kelly said. “We really battled up front the first few laps — there were a lot of us up there. Man, it was crazy how those two up front pulled out from that group like that, but it did help by spacing things out. I had a little bit of gap to them midway through the race, so I gave it my all to bridge that gap. I really wanted to get close to them and I did, but I just didn’t have enough to get the win at the end. The bike is ready to win, and Bobby and I are both competitive enough to try to make it happen tomorrow. I’m very thankful to the whole M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team for all their work — the bike was awesome.”
The weather took a turn for the worse immediately after the conclusion of the Supersport race. Some light, intermittent rain impacted the mostly dry Superbike race, and M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis suffered in particular when late set-up changes backfired. Despite his struggles, Lewis finished the 12-lap race in 10th.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Felipe MacLean earned a points-paying finish in the deep, 28-rider Stock 1000 field. MacLean finished 15th aboard his GSX-R1000 after qualifying in that same position.
With just a single Twins Cup race on the weekend schedule, Roadracing World Young Guns Suzuki’s Alex Dumas and Autovest Suzuki’s Joseph Blasius spent their Saturday dedicated to qualifying on a wet track. Dumas ended the day ranked sixth provisionally at 2:44.326, while Blasius was 13th at 2:46.728. They have an opportunity to improve their positions Sunday morning before their afternoon race.
Team Hammer will target the top of the podium as the Road America weekend concludes tomorrow.
JD Beach had some bad luck in Saturday’s Superbike race at Road America, but still finished seventh.

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.”