MotoAmerica: Scholtz Aiming To Challenge Gagne At Barber

MotoAmerica: Scholtz Aiming To Challenge Gagne At Barber

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Westby Racing:

Westby Racing Is Ready To Race Three In ‘Bama This Weekend    

Tulsa, OK – The ninth and final round of the 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship starts this Friday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, and Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz will compete in three Superbike races for the second consecutive weekend.

Mathew and the team clinched second place in the championship last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, but the goal remains the same as it’s been all season long, and that’s, quite simply, to win races.

Barber Motorsports Park is near and dear to Mathew’s and the team’s hearts because winning races is exactly what they’ve done before at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course, including Mathew’s historic 2017 Superbike race victory aboard his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 when the bike was in Superstock 1000 trim.

“Going to Barber, obviously, we want to get some really good results,” Mathew said. “I feel like I can push harder than I’ve been and maybe take a few more risks since we’ve got second place (in the championship) locked up. I feel like we can challenge Jake (Gagne) there. It’s always a favorite track for me and the Westby team. It’s almost like a home track for us. We’ve had some really good results there. We haven’t been to Barber since last year, though, so we’ll have to get a feel for what the track is like since it changes every year since they re-paved it. We made very good progress last week at New Jersey, so it’s great to be able to race on back-to-back weekends and keep the momentum going. I’m really looking forward to challenging Gagne there. I feel like, if someone is going to beat him, it’s going to be us. We’ve got our work cut out for us beginning early Friday, but I’m feeling confident, and I know that the rest of the team is, as well.”

Crew chief Ed Sullivan commented, “Barber has always been a strong track for us, and we are looking to building on our performance in New Jersey, I think the top four or five bikes will be a lot closer than last week, so we need to make sure our strategy going into Friday is spot-on as the first two sessions of the weekend are vitally important for gathering data to improve the race setup. I’m sure we can take another step closer to Jake, and hopefully, Mathew can finish the season as he started, on top of the box.”

Team manager Chuck Giacchetto added, “After a great weekend in New Jersey, I’m looking forward to going to Barber. It’s a really nice facility, and the fans are going to get a good show. Everyone in Superbike will be trying to leave a positive impression before the end of the season. I think we will continue with with our same focused effort. Each crew member just needs to be the best teammate they can be. Our entire team is ready, willing, and able to get the job done. See you on Friday for FP1!”

Superbike final qualifying is on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT, and Superbike race one will go green on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT. Superbike race two is on Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. CT, and Superbike race three starts at 3 p.m. CT. Race one will be broadcast via tape delay Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (FS2). Race two will be broadcast via tape delay Sunday at Noon ET on FS2. And race three will be broadcast via tape delay Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). All three races will be streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.

Meet Mathew, Get Some Autographed Posters, And More

Mathew will be available at the Westby Racing transporter in the paddock at Barber with free, autographed posters and other team items to hand out, so be sure to check the schedule and stop by during those autograph sessions.

Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase

Attack Performance; CarbonSmith; NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc.; Puig USA Inc.; and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.

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