South African Mathew Scholtz wins
American Superstock Championship
Durban boy Mathew Scholtz has taken on the might of the American motorcycle circuit racing fraternity and emerged victories. Scholtz has won the Superstock 1000cc championship in the MotoAmerica series, the USA’s premier circuit racing circus, on his Yamalube/Westby Yamaha R1. He raised his championship trophy this weekend at the New Jersey Motorsport Park round of the championship with still one more round to go, having enough points to make it impossible for his opposition to catch him. And he did it in dominant style with 10 wins to his name and finding himself off the podium just once so far this season.
Scholtz is obviously no newbie to motorcycle racing. Many people may remember him as the first South African to be selected for the illustrious Red Bull rookies Cup, the same series that propelled Brad Binder to his current GP success. Afterwards, Scholtz moved to the World Supersport 600cc Championship and had many strong finishes, although uncompetitive machinery meant he could never put in a serious title challenge.
From there, he moved back to South Africa, but found the going tough: “After the 2015 season back home (in South Africa) I nearly hung up my boots because it was just costing my family too much money. In 2016 we took one more final dig at it and I won the championship back home, and then came over here.”
Heading to the US was a risk, but one that has certainly paid off: “Fortunately, we ended up winning the championship and I couldn’t be happier. It’s like a dream come true for me. What I thought was going to happen in the first race (on Saturday) happened in the second race and I managed to just hang onto the Superbike guys to open up a gap, and I just maintained it from there. It pretty much just worked out perfectly. Overall, I’m really happy to bring the championship home. The Yamalube/Westby guys have had a real struggle the past few years and I’m really happy to bring the championship back home to them. They’re like a second family.”