What The Teams Say Heading To Sonoma Raceway

Mathew Scholtz is ready to roll at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.

The following is from Westby Racing…

Round seven of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship is this Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, as Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team will compete in the two-day Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

For Mathew, the trip to California’s wine country has yielded up-and down-results. Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile, 12-turn, undulating road course is known for its hard braking zones, which have led to arm-pump problems for the South African rider. The condition occurs in Mathew’s right forearm after repeated, aggressive application of the front brakes on his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. 

Last year, Mathew qualified second in Superpole to earn a front-row start, but in Saturday’s Superbike race one, he suffered a tipover. Mathew returned to form on Sunday, was third fastest in morning warmup, and finished fifth in Superbike race two.

For 2019, Mathew’s Yamaha is now equipped with a full suite of world-class Magneti-Marelli Superbike electronics, and crew chief Ed Sullivan and data engineer Herschel Auxier have been working diligently to dial in the right amount of engine-braking to help mitigate Mathew’s arm-pump. In addition, team technicians Dustin Meador, Danny Anderson, and Frank Shockley have installed a left-thumb-operated rear brake mechanism on the bike to further alleviate the issue.

So far this season, the combination of electronics, mechanical ingenuity, and Mathew’s training regimen have eliminated the arm-pump issue, and the team has circled the Sonoma round as the track where the setup will help Mathew the most.

“It’s always great to go to Sonoma Raceway, but this year, I’m especially looking forward to it,” Mathew said. “Just knowing that we’ve overcome my arm-pump problems gives me a huge boost in confidence heading into the weekend. It’s another two-day event for us, so we know we’ll have to work quickly to dial the bike in. But, I’ve got the best team in the paddock, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3 PM Pacific Time, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3 PM Pacific Time. Both races will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) and streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.

Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More

The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, on Sunday from 12 to 12:45 PM on pit lane at Sonoma Raceway, is a great opportunity to meet Mathew. He’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with him, as well as with Lacy Contreras, the Westby Racing brand ambassador.

Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase

Evol Technology, Renthal, RK Excel America, and Yoshimura R&D of America will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and find out more about some of the companies that support the team. 

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit https://www.WestbyRacing.com

JD Beach will be back on the pavement this weekend after winning last week’s Black Hills TT.

The following is from Attack Performance Estenson Racing…

Fresh off his thrilling American Flat Track victory at the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, South Dakota, JD Beach is looking to keep that winning momentum rolling over to the pavement this weekend at round seven of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Sonoma Raceway, August 10-11. 

It wouldn’t be the first time Beach has scored a win in both premier classes on back-to-back weekends. Earlier this Spring, the dirt track/road racer made history when he followed up his maiden AFT Twins win at the Super TT with his first MotoAmerica Superbike win at VIRginia International Raceway.

Last season, he pulled off the double at the 2.52-mile track nestled in Northern California’s wine country on the way to scoring his second MotoAmerica Supersport title. Beach is eager to get rolling this weekend aboard the Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 and battle for another top result during the frantic pace of the two-day schedule.

JD Beach – No. 95 MotoAmerica Superbike

“I’m really looking forward to Sonoma. It’s a track that I did really well at last year. I feel we have a good setting with the bike. Also, I think I’m going to be prepared for the weekend because I’ve already been racing this week. I’m ready for the weekend and looking forward to getting back on the pavement.”

 The MotoAmerica Superbike races at Sonoma Raceway will be aired on FS2 Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET. You can also stream all the action live on MotoAmerica Live+ starting at 12:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET. To subscribe to the live streaming click here: https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com/

Travis Wyman is out to win the Stock 1000 class in Sonoma.

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team capped off a challenging weekend at the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma with a podium finish and is aiming for similar success or better at the 2019 edition of the event.

The Las Vegas-based team is hoping rider Travis Wyman can build on the success he had at Sonoma Raceway last year and pilot its BMW S 1000 RR to similar positive result when the series returns to action Aug. 10-11 after a four-week break.

The team entered the 2018 event unsure of what to expect given Wyman’s lack of recent experience competing at Sonoma Raceway. After the Stock 1000  Class race started, Wyman maintained his composure despite getting a mediocre start and came out on top of a four-way battle for the last step on the podium.

“Last year’s Stock 1000 race at Sonoma was high point of the team’s 2018 season,” Wyman said. “There was a big experience gap between us and some of our competition, but came together as a team and worked very effectively toward a positive result. I’m hoping to build on what we learned racing at Sonoma last year to get the team as many championship points as possible.”

The Stock 1000 Class takes to Sonoma’s Raceway’s 2.52-mile road course for its only practice session of the weekend at 1:10-1:30 p.m. Pacific on Saturday and has two qualifying sessions on Sunday at 9-9:30 a.m. and 11:20-11:50 p.m. Pacific. The class’ only race of the weekend gets underway at 4 p.m. Pacific.

For those attending the Championship of Sonoma, don’t forget to stop by the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rig in the paddock or the team’s location on the fan walk to try out the same Backmate self-care products that have improved Wyman’s fitness and shortened his injury recovery time.

This weekend’s Stock 1000 race will be broadcast live exclusively on the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming platform. MotoAmerica is offering Live+ subscriptions for the remainder of the 2019 season for $39.99. To purchase a Live+ subscription, visit www.motoamericaliveplus.com.

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