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Westby Racing end their season earlier than they would have liked at New Jersey

Mathew Scholtz Races To An Event-Filled Sixth-Place Finish At New Jersey Motorsport Park
In Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race one at New Jersey Motorsports Park – NJMP, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was headed for a podium finish until the prodigious rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia conspired against him.
Well-known as a master rider in the rain, Mathew surprisingly went off the track on lap 11 of the 16-lap event and fell down in the saturated grass. Unhurt, he re-mounted his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike and proceeded to race for a top-five finish. While in sixth on the final lap, Mathew tried overtaking Josh Herrin on the inside, but there just wasn’t enough room, and he sent Herrin off the track, which resulted in Race Control awarding Herrin with a fifth-place result and Mathew was credited with sixth.
“Usually, I get pretty good results in the rain,” Mathew said. “I’m always smooth with the throttle and on the brakes, which is really a benefit in these kinds of conditions. Unfortunately, I got caught out by the standing water on the track, and before I knew it, I was in the grass and going too fast to avoid tipping over in the grass. I was OK, and the bike didn’t have any damage, so I was able to continue. After all that, I really wanted to salvage a top-five result, but there just wasn’t enough room on the inside of (Josh) Herrin when I tried to pass him. We’ll regroup and try for a better result tomorrow. It’s the final race of the season, so we’re determined to end the year on a high note.”
Mathew Scholtz Finishes Fourth In The 2023 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship
Millville, NJ – September 24, 2023 – The 2023 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship wrapped up on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park with Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz ending up fourth in the standings after moving up one position during the final weekend of the season.
After Saturday’s rain-sodden race one, in which Mathew finished sixth, he and the team were determined to get a better result on Sunday. The precipitation from Tropical Storm Ophelia had diminished, which left the track mostly dry with only a few wet areas here and there.
Mathew and the team decided to start the race on slick tyres in hopes that the track would dry out more during the race and enable Mathew to overtake any riders in front of him who had chosen full rain tyres, which offer better grip in the wet, but not in the dry.
Unfortunately, the strategy didn’t work out because Mathew was running back in 12th place on lap five, and he crashed out of the race before he could start advancing to the front.
And so, the incident ended Mathew’s day and his season a little bit earlier than he and the team were hoping for.
Team owner Tryg Westby, Mathew, and the entire Westby Racing team want to thank all the fans for the loyal support they showed this year.
MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings
1. Jake Gagne – Yamaha – 420
2. Josh Herrin – Ducati – 272
3. PJ Jacobsen – BMW – 266
4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 205
5. Richie Escalante – Suzuki – 205

Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2023 in News

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