Westby Racing Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz is from South Africa, but he’s been enjoying life in Georgia for a few years now. In fact, the Peach State has been so peachy for him that he’s now in the process of buying a house there. We thought it would be a good time to ask him “The Friday Five,” so here are his answers:
1. What was the very first motorcycle you ever rode?
It was a Yamaha PW50, and I was seven years. I went over to a friend’s house who lived next to a park. He had a PW50, so we took it out to the park and rode it around. I just loved riding it, and so did my brother Dean.
2. We’re crazy about the NFL here in America, but what can you tell us about the Springboks?
Well, they are the newly crowned Rugby World Champions! We beat England 32 to 12 last weekend at the World Cup Finals in Japan. We have always been into rugby in South Africa, and it is a big deal there. We won the World Cup in 1995, 2007, and this year. I had to get up early to watch it last weekend, but I made sure not to miss it.
3. You are one of the most physically fit riders in the paddock. What is the one thing you crave but don’t eat because of your training regimen?
Donuts! I love donuts. There are times when Kiara and I are watching TV late, and we both have a craving for donuts. Any kind of donuts. I don’t care what they are.
4. You got engaged to your long-time girlfriend Kiara this year. So, when is the wedding?
We haven’t really planned that one out yet. We’re looking at 2021, maybe. We’re enjoying the engagement phase right now. We’re going to go home to South Africa and have a proper engagement party, so that’s first.
5. Besides racing motorcycles, what is your favorite thing about living in America?
You’ve just got so much freedom to go and do whatever want. You can go anywhere and see all kinds of people. Today, I’m driving over to Tulsa to visit Tryg (Westby, owner of Westby Racing), since it’s his birthday next week. I’ve always lived next to the beach, and I never ever wanted to move away from there, but it has been worth it to leave all that behind to come to America and live my dream as a professional motorcycle racer.
Bonus Question: If, in another life, you came back as an animal, what would you prefer to be?
I don’t know if I’d want to be lazy like a sloth or be a lion. I guess I’d like to be a lion that acts like a sloth. King of the jungle, but I don’t have to prove it to anyone.