What The Teams Said: Post Utah Motorsports Campus

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias celebrates his Father’s Day victory in Utah with his dad on the podium with him. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

The following is from Yoshimura Suzuki…

It was a big weekend for Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias at Utah Motorsports Campus. Elias won Saturday’s race convincingly, but had to fight hard to take a thrilling victory in Sunday’s race two. It was a major bounce back for Elias after crashing in race two at Road America a couple of weeks ago and seeing his series lead narrowed to nine points.

At the halfway point in the 2019 season Elias now has a series-leading five wins, and with the Utah sweep pushed his series lead back up to 26 points. Also significant is Elias reached a milestone 30th-career MotoAmerica Superbike victory on Sunday. He moved past former Yoshimura Suzuki racing legend Ben Spies for fifth on the all-time MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike wins list.

Icing on the cake for Elias is that he was able to celebrate the Father’s Day victory with his dad on the winner’s rostrum.

It was a decent weekend for Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin as well. Coming off his second win of the season in Wisconsin, at the last round, Herrin scored a sixth on Saturday (hampered by severe back pain) and bounced back to take fourth on Sunday.

Herrin moved from fifth to fourth in the standings.

Saturday’s race was an epic battle early, with seven riders in the lead pack. Elias was able to open a gap late in the race and took a 1.969-second margin of victory. On Sunday Elias was helped by a red flag stop of the race. That allowed him a fresh shot at the other riders. On the restart it was a 10-lap sprint on the very tight and technical 2.2-mile UMC East Course, being used for the first time in a MotoAmerica event. It was a thrilling final lap with Elias and Cameron Beaubier swapping the lead. With just a few turns to go, Elias shot up inside exiting the corner, then forged ahead and held on by a scant three-tenths of a second at the checkered flag.

“This was an amazing weekend for us,” Elias said. “We found a very good setting to allow me to open a gap in the final laps in Saturday’s race. Then today the red flag helped. I had picked a tire that was too hard and I was not comfortable pushing. But then things got much better late in the race. Cameron fought very hard, but I was fortunate to find a way to get back into the lead before the finish.

“Today was a great day to win because it was Father’s Day and MotoAmerica allowed my father to come up on the podium and this was very emotional. I dedicate this win to him and to my son.”

Herrin had a lower back problem crop up suddenly in Saturday’s race after leading several laps

“I was running up front and felt like I could pass whenever I wanted,” Herrin explained. “And then I had a problem with my back. It was so bad I had to set up and stretch it out and then nurse it home. In Sunday’s race I was nervous about it. In the back of my mind I felt like I had to be careful. I made a mistake in turn six, ran wide and lost the leaders with three laps to go. I’m bummed, but I was able to run up front this weekend, so I’m really looking forward to Laguna.”

Yoshimura Suzuki and the MotoAmerica Series visits Monterey Bay next for the combined Superbike World Championship/MotoAmerica weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 12-14, 2019. If you can’t make the race in person, MotoAmerica Superbike races can be watched on Fox Sports 2. Check your local listings for times.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz gives chase to Toni Elias (24) and Garrett Gerloff (31).

The following is from Westby Racing…

As is sometimes the case in MotoAmerica Superbike racing, the joy that Mathew Scholtz and his Westby Racing team felt after their runner-up result in Saturday’s Superbike race one at Utah Motorsports Park was countered by disappointment when Mathew suffered a tipover in Sunday’s race two and was unable to restart what ended up as a 10-lap sprint to the checkers.

Mathew got a great start in Sunday’s race, was immediately among the lead pack, and looked to heading for a result as good, if not better, than his second-place finish on Saturday. Running in fourth at the time, he unfortunately lost the front end of his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike in turn six and took a high-speed tumble into the gravel.

The race was red-flagged, and Mathew hitched a ride back to the pits with Kyle Wyman. Meanwhile, the crash truck brought Mathew’s bike back to the garage, and the crew immediately went to work on getting the bike ready for the restart. Unfortunately, it was too damaged to be repaired in time to make the restart, so Mathew and the team had to call it a day.

Westby Racing team manager Chuck Giacchetto summarized the up-and-down weekend by saying, “All told, the weekend was spectacular. The drive out to Utah was drama-free and perfect, very enjoyable ride out. The team worked exceptionally well Friday night till about 9:30 to get everything settled for the weekend. Right out of the box, Mathew was really fast, and a good part of that is due to the setup by the crew, which is led by our technical director Ed Sullivan. First qualifying was very good; we were happy. But, we made a change that really didn’t make the bike better for Q2, and Mathew’s P4 result wasn’t very accurate of his real pace. We think he could have qualified on the front row, at least, if we hadn’t made that change.

“Race one was fantastic. Saturday was a glorious race for us. Good feedback and good info to add to the database. The team worked very well together. I don’t think anyone should look at Mathew’s crash in Sunday’s race two as a ‘fail.” He’s disappointed enough in himself. The bike actually did not have a lot of damage to it despite the entire fuel cell coming off. We had a little bit of damage to the wiring harness and that was really the only reason we couldn’t continue. We had all the spare parts ready to go, except that the damage to the wiring harness was too much to overcome in the short timeframe before the restart.

“So, now, we’re heading to California to do some work out there before heading back home. We’ll fly back out to California and possibly get a test in with another team or two before the next round. Again, fantastic job this weekend. I’m really proud of Mathew and our crew.”

The Westby Racing team will regroup and get ready for the second half of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, which begins with round six at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on July 12 through 14.

JD Beach (95) leads Josh Herrin (2) at UMC.

The following is from Attack Performance Estenson Racing…

Attack Performance Estenson Racing team’s JD Beach took home another top five finish in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on Sunday’s race two at Utah Motorsport Campus on June 16.

After a rough Saturday in the gravel, the dirt track/road racer went into the second day of the two-format looking for some redemption. Beach got off to a good start but a technical issue prevented him from fighting up front. He got a second chance after the red flag with a 10-lap battle for the finish, but ultimately it was a repeat of the first part of the race and he opted to keep it on two wheels. In the final moments Jake Lewis, challenged for position but he was able to hold off his fellow Kentuckian to finish fifth.

Beach also currently sits fifth in the championship standings as the series hits the halfway mark.

Next up on the calendar is Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 12-14, held in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship.

JD Beach – No. 95 MotoAmerica Superbike

“Race two was good. We finished the race and came home with another top five. We did struggle with the front a little bit and we were getting a lot of chatter. We’ve been fighting that all weekend. We can’t really figure out where that’s coming from, so being able to fight back from that and get fifth is a good result for the day. We’ve got some work to do. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with for Laguna.”

Bobby Fong finished second and first in the two Supersport races in Utah.

The following is from Team Hammer…

Team Hammer closed out the MotoAmerica weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus with a pair of spectacular victories on Sunday.
After finishing second in MotoAmerica Supersport on Saturday, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong came through in a huge way in Sunday’s rematch. Again, Fong leapt out to the lead on the opening lap, only to be quickly pushed back into second. From that point forward, Fong hounded his leader, applying extreme pressure and constantly reminding his rival that he was there, showing him a wheel in corner after corner while planning a last-lap, last-corner move.
Even his crew thought Fong was destined to finish second again, because he hadn’t told anyone that he had a strategy before the race even started. But when the leader ran another defensive line into the final corner of the race, Fong set him up perfectly, got a great drive out of the corner, swung alongside and powered past on the short run to the finish line to win by 0.003-second.
An excited Fong said, “We have such good acceleration with the Suzuki GSX-R600, I knew if he ran tight in the last corner, I could get a drive on him. I had that in my mind the entire race and was sizing it up. I figured he would run a defensive line on the last lap, and I worked my strategy just right. I’m excited to get the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki on top of the box today. Kudos to my team–we got the ‘W’ today, and I’m looking forward to my home round at Laguna Seca coming up next.”
Young Sean Dylan Kelly appeared destined to make it another Supersport double rostrum result for Team Hammer, on another track he had never seen before the start of practice on Saturday. The teenager got away in third, clung on to the lead duo for several laps, and then ran alone in third for most of the race. Unfortunately, a heat-related issue slowed his bike and forced him to give up a pair of positions on the final lap-and-a-half. Kelly still managed to hold on to collect a top-five result at the stripe.
While Fong left his winning move for the last possible moment, Twins Cup contender Alex Dumas made an immediate bid for victory on his Roadracing World Young Guns Suzuki SV650. After qualifying on pole earlier in the day, Dumas powered off the grid in the lead and never looked back. By the finish of the 13-lap race, Dumas had built an impressive lead of more than 14 seconds on his way to scoring his first Twins Cup victory.
“I’m really happy how the race went,” said Dumas, the 2018 Junior Cup Champion who has moved up into the Twins Cup for 2019. “It’s incredible to win a Twins Cup race. We’re off to a good start in the season and hopefully the rest of the races go like this.”
Autovest Suzuki’s Joseph Blasius very nearly gave Team Hammer a double podium Twins Cup result. Blasius qualified third and then ran second early in the race, found himself dropped back to fifth, and then charged back into position to fight for the podium at the flag.
He made a bold attempt at third with just over a lap remaining, but encountered an errant lapped rider and couldn’t quite hold the position when he changed his line to make a pass, got on a sealer strip, and lost traction while accelerating, doing well to stay on board but allowing his rival to swoop back ahead. Blasius finished in fourth, less than a second off the podium.
Team M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis enjoyed another solid outing in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race. Lewis was embroiled in a fight for another top-five result when the race was red-flagged with 10 laps remaining. He got away from the restart in sixth to resume that battle, and maintained to finish sixth.
Team Hammer will next head to Monterey, California, on July 12-14 for the highly-anticipated combined WorldSBK/MotoAmerica Superbike weekend at Laguna Seca.
The following is from Scheibe Racing…
Jake Gagne had two solid results at UMC on his Scheibe Racing BMW.

Scheibe Racing had another solid weekend of racing at round five of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship at the picturesque Utah Motorsports Campus on the high plains of Tooele Valley outside of Salt Lake City Utah. With two seventh place finishes on the technical 2.2 mile East course at the halfway point of the EBC Brakes Superbike Series, the team is just two points outside of the top ten in the Championship after an atypical rough season start.

With the shorter two-day schedule, teams felt the time pinch to get everything right straight out of the gate. “Saturday happens fast on these short weekends with two practices and then the race.” noted rider Jake Gagne, “This time there was no Superpole, which was kind of nice to allow some time to prepare. This track is about as opposite as you can get from Road America, so we made a lot of progress on chassis changes.”

The results of the two morning Qualifying Practice sessions set the grid for the afternoon, and the Hayes Brakes equipped Scheibe Racing #32 BMW S 1000 RR earned 11thposition, further back than where Jake wanted to be to get a good start. “I got into a battle early on with Jayson Uribe, Cam Petersen, and Aussie Dave and we had a good little bunch that I led around for a while. I could see the pit board said +0 every lap so I knew they were right there. I was happy to hold those guys off because it got a little tough there at the end.”

After a few small changes to the swingarm and front end, Sunday’s race two was interrupted halfway through with a red flag. “Every change we thought about and then made ended up being a little better which was encouraging. At the restart I was one row up which gave me a better starting position allowing me to run with the front pack for a little bit for the last ten laps. I got a good start and was able to get a little gap behind me, but I didn’t quite have the pace to stay with Jake Lewis and JD Beach. I wanted to bring the bike home safe. I saw Jayson coming for me at the end but held him off so that was a fun race. I know Jayson really well. He’s done a bunch of Supercamps with me, and he’s a great kid. This was the first time I’ve raced with him, and I’m proud of him, he did really well.”

Team founder Steve Scheibe was pleased with the performance of the BMW noting the engine performance was again exceptional. “It’s the highest elevation track we race at 4,400 ft, adding additional stresses particularly to the cooling system and we didn’t have any issues. We were able to get up to speed quickly with gearing and electronics despite having never run that track configuration before.”

Round six of the series will be at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This iconic track in the midst of a State Park in the hills just East of Monterey, California will be shared with the FIM Superbike World Championship July 14-16, 2019.

Jake is a fan of the track. “We should be in a good place on setup for Laguna and I think this bike will like it there getting up those hills.”

Scheibe Racing, founded by Steve Scheibe in 2001, is a Wisconsin based MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North America Road Racing Championship team.

Sponsored by: Hayes Brakes, VP Racing Lubricants, Akrapovic, Renthal Chainwheels, Regina Chains, and Alpha Racing.

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

Travis Wyman was fourth in the Stock 1000 class at UMC.

While Travis Wyman’s start in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race wasn’t the best, the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider battled his way through the field to secure a top-five finish at the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah.

It was an event where Wyman thought he had the pace to take his first win of 2019, but he never gave up and kept charging forward despite how he started the Stock 1000 Class race at MotoAmerica’s first-ever event on Utah Motorsports Campus’ 2.2-mile East Course. Wyman’s comeback ride to a fourth-place finish allowed him to maintain fourth place in the class points standings.

The weekend started off well for the team, as Wyman claimed second place in qualifying. As the race got underway, Wyman struggled getting his BMW going off the starting line and was shuffled back to 12th place by the time the field reached Turn 1. By the end of Lap 1, Wyman had climbed up to ninth place on the tight, twisty East Course and continued his charge forward through the remainder of the 14-lap race.

The team has a three-week break before MotoAmerica is back in action alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 12-14. The event will mark Wyman’s first time competing at the iconic track on a BMW.

Travis Wyman/#24
“The weekend was going great right up until the race started. We showed great pace this weekend during practice and qualifying, and it felt like we would be in contention for our first win of the season. Unfortunately, I got a really poor start and quickly found myself way back in the running order. I realized there was nothing more I could do about the start and was determined to do everything in my power to pick the team up and get us the best result I could. I battled my way through the midfield and past some of my championship rivals to finish fourth. It ended up being a disappointing result to what had been one of our most stellar weekends with this BMW package. I’m confident we’ll have our  BMW S 1000 RR back at the front of the Stock 1000 field at the next round.”