Road Racing - Westby Racing Team
Westby Racing began in the early 1980s when the team’s patriarch and owner Tryg Westby was an AMA Superbike racer who competed at tracks from Loudon on the East Coast to Sears Point on the West Coast.
Dane Westby 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 seven.
When Dane turned 16, he started road racing and, just like his father Tryg did, Dane took to the sport like a fish to water.
After several years of success as an AMA professional road racer aboard middleweight bikes, in 2015, Dane moved up to a Yamaha YZF-R1, with plans to compete in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class. But, on March 23, 2015, Dane’s life was tragically taken in a streetbike accident.
It was obviously a devastating situation for the team, but Westby Racing has continued on, fueled by Dane’s spirit and powered by the collective enthusiasm of a group of special people brought together by a love of motorcycles and motorcycle road racing.
In 2017, Westby Racing and team rider Mathew Scholtz won the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship. In 2018, Mathew and the team moved up to Superbike, and this year is the team’s second year competing aboard the #11 Westby Racing Yamaha R1 Superbike in MotoAmerica’s premier race class.
2019 also marks the first year that Westby Racing has a two-rider team. Along with Mathew racing in MotoAmerica Superbike aboard the #11 R1, “Samurai Sam” Lochoff is competing in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup class aboard the #57 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
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 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.
In 2018, Mathew and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team moved up to Superbike, MotoAmerica’s premier motorcycle road racing class, and Mathew wasted no time in getting up to speed. He won the first Superpole of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike season at round one at Road Atlanta, and then, he took the win in Superbike race one at round two of the series, which took place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. During the 10-round, 20-race season, Mathew finished on the podium eight times and was in the top five in 14 out of the 20 races on the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike calendar. In addition, Mathew won his second Superpole of the year at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the penultimate round of the Championship. His incredible, season-long performance netted him a fourth-place ranking in the Superbike Championship final points standings, and he was honored as MotoAmerica’s Superbike Rookie of the Year at the end-of-season Night of Champions celebration.
|Birthdate:||September 9, 1992|
|Home Town:||Durban, South Africa|
|Year Turned Pro:||2011|
|2018||#4 MotoAmerica Superbike - 1 win, 2 Superpoles, 8 podiums|
|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|
Rider Profile - “Samurai Sam” Lochoff, #57
Sam began his racing career in his home country of South Africa in 2016 at the age of 14. His first foray into motorsports was behind the wheel of a race kart, but after about eight months of kart racing, he climbed aboard a motorcycle and was hooked.
Switching his focus from four wheels to two, Sam began racing a Honda NSF100 and proved to be a natural talent as he garnered a number of podiums on the machine. From there, he moved up to a Honda CBR150, and in short fashion, won his first road racing title, which was the Western Cape, South Africa, Regional 150 Junior Short Circuit Championship. He soon followed that championship with the Western Cape, South Africa, Powersport Regional 300 Championship.
In 2018, Sam’s rapidly rising career really got on a fast track—both figuratively and literally—as he went to Europe where he competed aboard a Yamaha YZF-R3 and won the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship and FIM Supersport 300 European Championship. He also raced on the global stage in the FIM World Supersport 300 Championship.
In 2019, Sam, who now resides in Boca Raton, Florida, is competing for the first time on American soil, aboard the #57 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship.
|Birthdate:||May 7, 2002|
|Home Town:||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Height:||5 feet, 3 inches|
|Year Turned Pro:||2018|
|Favorite Track:||Donington Park|
|2018||FIM World Supersport 300 Championship – Best finish 18th in Misano, Italy
#1 Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship
#1 FIM Supersport 300 European Cup Championship
Received South African National Colors
|2017||#1 Western Cape, South Africa, Powersport Regional 300 Championship
#1 Western Cape, South Africa, Regional 150 Junior Short Circuit Championship
|2016||Racing career debut (several podium results on a Honda NSF100 & CBR150)|
Rider Profile - Dane Westby #00 In Memoriam 1987-2015
Aboard a diminutive Yamaha PW50, seven-year-old Dane Westby won his very first race when he took the checkered flag in the Gold Rush Cross Country Race at Hallett, Oklahoma.
Dane began his road racing career in 2003 after he turned 16. In 2005, which was his first year as an Expert road racer, Dane recorded 25 podium finishes out of the 30 races in which he competed.
In 2006, he competed in WERA (Western-Eastern Racing Association) and won the SV650 Cup Championship in his rookie season.
In 2007, Dane won his second consecutive Suzuki SV650 Cup Championship, along with three WERA Championships, four AMA Sports National Championships, and he was also nominated for the AMA Horizon Award.
In 2008, he won both the WERA 600 Superbike Championship and 600 Supersport Championship. He also raced in three endurance series including the AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT Championship, finished 12th in AMA Superstock at Mid-Ohio, and made two AMA Supersport starts, which included a top-10 finish at Road Atlanta.
In 2009, Dane finished 18th in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship and scored five top-10 results. He also began competing in the SunTrust Moto-GT1 Championship at the halfway point of the season, earning three poles and three victories.
In 2010, while racing for Project 1 Atlanta aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6, Dane finished fifth in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship. He notched 10 top-five finishes, led three races, and had a best finish of second at Daytona.
In 2011, aboard an M4 Suzuki GSX-R600, he finished seventh in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship and won at Mid-Ohio.
In 2012, in his second year aboard the aboard an M4 Suzuki GSX-R600, Dane was the runner-up in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship. He took the checkers at Mid-Ohio and record ten podiums on the season while only finishing outside of the top 10 once in 19 starts.
In 2013, aboard a GEICO Motorcycle Honda CBR600RR, Dane finished sixth in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship, was in the top 10 in all 12 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike starts, and notched a season-best finish of fourth at Barber Motorsports Park.
In 2014, 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 almost nine seconds in the pouring rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
In 2015, MotoAmerica dawned as a new spirit of optimism overtook the road racing paddock. After several years of success on middleweight bikes, Dane and Yamalube/Westby Racing moved up to the literbike class. The team participated in the official MotoAmerica preseason test at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
Following a day and a half of dialing in the new machine, Dane and the team found their sweet spot. Suddenly, the #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing R1 shot up the timing and scoring charts to post the fastest Superstock 1000 laptime of the test. Dane returned triumphantly to the team’s pitbox, and joined the celebration with smiles, high-fives, and hugs all-around.
|Birthdate:||February 13, 1987|
|Home Town:||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Height:||5 feet, 11 inches|
|Year Turned Pro:||2005|
|2014||#3 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 3 wins, 5 podiums, 7 top fives, 8 top 10s|
|2013||#6 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 3 top fives, 12 top 10s|
|2012||#7 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 - 7 Podiums
#2 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 1 win, 10 podiums, 15 top fives, 18 top 10s
|2011||#7 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 1 win, 4 podiums, 6 top fives, 9 top 10s|
|2010||#5 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 5 podiums, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s|
|2009||#18 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike - 5 top 10s|
|2008||#1 WERA 600 Superbike Championship
#1 WERA 600 Supersport Championship
|2007||#1 Suzuki SV650 Cup Championship
Won three WERA Championships and four AMA Sports National Championships
|2006||#1 Suzuki SV650 Cup Championship|
|2005||25 podium finishes out of 30 races in first year as an expert rider|
|2003||First year in road racing|
|Won first race at the age of 7 on a Yamaha PW50 in the Gold Rush Cross Country Race at Hallett, Oklahoma|