Road Racing - Yamalube/Westby Racing Team

Officially, Yamalube/Westby Racing was founded in 2006, but the genesis of Westby Racing began long before that. The team’s patriarch and owner Tryg Westby was an AMA Superbike racer back in the 1980s, when he raced at tracks from Loudon on the East Coast to Sears Point on the West Coast.

Tryg’s son Dane was born on February 13, 1987, and with Tryg’s love of motorcycles genetically imprinted in Dane, it wasn’t long before father introduced son to the sport, in the form of a diminutive Yamaha PW50. Dane won his first race, on that same Yamaha PW50, at the age of 7. It was the Gold Rush Cross Country Race in Hallett, OK. When he turned 16, he began road racing as an amateur.

In 2005, in his first year as an Expert road racer, Dane recorded 25 podium finishes out of the 30 races in which he competed. In 2006, Dane competed in WERA (Western-Eastern Racing Association), winning the SV650 Cup Championship in his rookie season. And then, in 2007, Dane won three WERA Championships, four AMA Sports National Championships, and he was also nominated for the AMA Horizon Award. In addition, 2007 was the year that Tryg and Dane started working with current team manager Chuck Giacchetto.

2014 was Yamalube’s and Westby Racing’s first year together as a team and, riding the gold-liveried #00 Yamaha YZF-R6, Dane finished the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike season in third place, scored a double win at Barber Motorsports Park, and won by 16 seconds in the pouring rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park to round out a memorable year for the team.

In 2015, after several years of success on middleweight bikes, Dane and Yamalube/Westby Racing campaigned a Yamaha YZF-R1 in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class. 2015 was poised to become the best year ever for Dane, Tryg, and the entire Yamalube/Westby Racing team. And, when Dane passed away on March 23, 2015, the team was devastated.

But, Westby Racing continues on, in Dane’s spirit and with the collective enthusiasm of a group of special people brought together by a love of motorcycles and motorcycle road racing.

In 2017, Yamalube/Westby Racing and team rider Mathew Scholtz won the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship. For 2018, Mathew and the team have moved up to MotoAmerica’s premier race class where they compete aboard the #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing/Yamaha R1 in MotoAmerica’s Superbike Championship.

 

Rider Profile - Mathew Scholtz #11

Like so many road racers throughout the world, Mathew began racing in motocross at the age of five aboard a Yamaha PW50. From the beginning, he was a winner, and he quickly progressed through the different race classes in the South African national motocross series.

When he was 13, Mathew made the switch to road racing. In 2007, he notched nine race victories and was destined to win the 125cc South African National Championship, but he had to cut his season short because he was invited to try out for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship. He got selected, and in 2008, 2009, and 2010, he raced in the Red Bull Rookies Cup--against several U.S. riders, including JD Beach, Jake Gagne, Hayden Gillim, and Benny Solis--where he notched one race win (at Brno in the Czech Republic) and several podium results.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Mathew raced in the Spanish CEV, German IDM, and FIM World Supersport Championships.

In 2014, Mathew returned to his home country and raced in the Super600 National Championship where he finished as runner-up for the season title. In 2015, he climbed aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1 for the first time and raced it in South Africa’s SuperGP National Championship, where he finished second on the season.

In 2016, Mathew raced an R1 in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class, initially for another team before he joined Yamalube/Westby Racing for round seven of the nine-round series, at Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) in Tooele, UT. At UMC, Mathew notched two podium results in his very first race weekend with the team. He went on to record three more second-place finishes in the final two rounds of the 2016 MotoAmerica season, ending up seventh overall in the final Superstock 1000 Championship points standings.

After the 2016 MotoAmerica season concluded, Mathew went back to his homeland of South Africa, where he had been contesting the 2016 SuperGP National Championship. On October 29, riding his #20 ETR Nashua Yamaha R1, Mathew clinched the season title at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas, South Africa.

In 2017, Mathew scored his first career MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 victory at Road Atlanta. Then, he went on to notch a total of 10 race wins and 19 podiums out of 20 starts to capture the Championship in dominant fashion.

At the season finale in Alabama—and in the rain, no less—Mathew held off 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias and finished first overall on his Superstock 1000-spec YZF-R1. It was the first time any rider had ever won a MotoAmerica Superbike race aboard a Superstock 1000 machine.

Age: 25
Birthdate: September 9, 1992
Home Town: Durban, South Africa
Height: 6'
Weight: 158 lbs.
Year Turned Pro: 2011
Marital Status: Single
Favorite Track: Mugello
Twitter: @Scholtzm20
Instagram: instagram.com/scholtzm20
FaceBook: facebook.com/mathewscholtz


RACING HIGHLIGHTS

2017 #1 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 - 10 wins, 19 podiums
#5 MotoAmerica Superbike - 1 win, 2 podiums
2016 #7 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 - 7 Podiums
#1 SuperGP National Championship (South Africa) - 9 wins 13 Podiums
2015 #2 SuperGP National Championship (South Africa)
2014 #2 Super600 National Championship (South Africa)
2013 #23 Supersport World Championship
2012 #16 Supersport World Championship
2011 #6 Moto2 CEV (Spain)
2010 #14 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - 1 podium
2009 #7 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - 2 podiums
2008 #6 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup  - 1 win, 3 podiums
2007 #2 125cc National Championship (South Africa) - 9 wins
Sholtz #11,  Image 1