Westby Racing team riders Mathew Scholtz got together with his crew at a couple of trackdays that took place in Florida over the past weekend. Riding first at Jennings GP in Jennings, Florida, and then at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida, Mathew tested the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, which is now equipped with some new components, including a Suter swingarm and a complete Magneti-Marelli electronics system.
According to crew chief Ed Sullivan, both tests went extremely well, with Mathew being able to run a decent number of laps at both of the race courses, despite heavy trackday traffic at both venues.
“It’s early days with the Magneti-Marelli system, but we’ve already seen some big improvements in the bike,” commented Ed. “We worked on our engine-brake strategy, and made some really good progress there. Also, Mathew’s starts have been something we’ve been trying to improve, and the Magneti-Marelli’s launch-control features have already been a huge help. Herschel Auxier, our Electronics Specialist, is doing a brilliant job in dialing in the new system.”
Mathew echoed Ed’s comments about the improvements to the bike, saying “At Jennings, our lap times there were as fast right from the start as the fastest we’ve gone there in the past. The bike is definitely easier to ride with the new electronics, the new swingarm, and a few other pieces. I’d never been to Palm Beach before, and that track felt similar to some of the tracks we race on the MotoAmerica schedule. The bike felt good there, so I’m definitely encouraged that we’ll be able to close the gap to the factory guys a little more this year. We can see a lot more potential in the bike with the Marelli system, so we’re all excited about that.”
In related news, Westby Racing is proud to announce that MOTOREX Oil of Switzerland has joined the team as a sponsor and supplier of lubricants. MOTOREX has a long history of involvement in motorcycle racing throughout the world. Their products were born in racing and are proven to deliver maximum performance in everyday use. Westby Racing is very happy to have MOTOREX on board and in use in the team’s racebikes and equipment.
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