Road Racing - Yamalube/Westby Racing Team
Led by patriarch and team owner Tryg “Pops” Westby, Westby Racing competes in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.
Tryg 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. The story of Westby Racing is also the story of eternal love between Tryg and his son Dane, and also their love for the sport of motorcycle road racing.
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 initially raced for T. Westby Corporation (TWC) Racing with his father at the helm, and in 2006, Westby Racing was officially founded. 2014 was Yamalube’s and Westby Racing’s first year together as a team. 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, MotoAmerica dawned as a new spirit of optimism overtook the road racing paddock, as well as Yamalube/Westby Racing. Yamaha introduced a new YZF-R1 that was eligible for two MotoAmerica race classes--Superbike and Superstock 1000--and after several years of success on middleweight bikes, Dane and Yamalube/Westby Racing decided to strike while the iron was hot and campaign an R1 in Superstock 1000.
With the brand-new bike’s racing bodywork still in gray primer, the team participated in the official MotoAmerica preseason test at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX. 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.
2015 was poised to become the best year ever for Dane, for Tryg, and for the entire Yamalube/Westby Racing team. Tragically, Dane passed away on March 23, 2015, and the team was devastated.
But, as William Ernest Henley wrote in the poem Invictus, with “head…bloody, but unbowed,” Westby Racing soldiered on, not only because that’s how Dane would have wanted it, but also because the team is bigger than any one member…even when it’s a member as integral and important as Dane Westby was.
South African SuperGP Champion Mathew Scholtz is Yamalube/Westby Racing’s official team rider for 2017. Mathew and the team compete in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 Championship aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1 with their brand-new #11 competition number emblazoned across the front and sides of the iconic gold-and-black-liveried, Yamalube-branded motorcycle.
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.
For 2017, Mathew is focusing his road racing efforts exclusively on the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship.
“I am very proud to have won the 2016 SuperGP National Championship in my home country of South Africa,” Mathew said. “But, for 2017, I am fully committed to racing in the MotoAmerica series, and for Yamalube/Westby Racing. It’s a brilliant series, and I love racing for the Westby team. The crew is brilliant, and I’m looking forward to winning races and, hopefully, the Championship for Tryg and the team this year.”
|Birthdate:||September 9, 1992|
|Home Town:||Durban, South Africa|
|Year Turned Pro:||2011|
|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|