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Scholtz Takes Over Supersport Points Lead At Ridge Motorsports Park

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Mathew Scholtz Takes Over At The Top, Kayla Yaakov Podiums

SHELTON, WA – June 30, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Strack Racing’s Mathew Scholtz took over at the top of the Supersport Championship point standings for the first time this season on Saturday at Ridge Motorsports Park with the South African beating series rival PJ Jacobsen and his Rahal Ducati Moto Panigale V2 by 2.1 seconds.

The race was a battle with as many as seven riders at the front in the early going, but that whittled down to four and ultimately three. And then there was one with Scholtz taking his fifth win of the year and his third in a row to move into the lead in the championship standings by just three points over Jacobsen.

Third place went to the impressive Kayla Yaakov with the Rahal Ducati Moto racer landing on the Supersport podium for the second time in her career and the first in dry racing conditions.

Well, not completely dry as there were spits of rain throughout the race, but never enough for rain tires to be even a consideration. This one was definitely a dry race and she ranked it above her first podium last year in the rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

“This was a real podium,” Yaakov said after battling with the best of the best.

Yaakov ended up just 4.5 seconds from the lead as she’s finally found a set-up with the Rahal Ducati Moto Panigale V2 that she’s comfortable with.

Altus Motorsports’ Jake Lewis came out on top of a three-rider battle for fourth, besting Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Stefano Mesa by just .162 of a second and .384 of a second over Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Teagg Hobbs.

Wrench Motorcycles’ David Anthony, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott, Rahal Ducati Moto’s Corey Alexander and N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto’s Blake Davis rounded out the top 10.

“It was a bit of a weird one. Obviously, my starts sucked, as usual. Kayla (Yaakov) cut me off good. It was crazy. I think her and Corey (Alexander) touched and I kind of got bogged down a little bit. Made my way up to third or second following PJ (Jacobsen) and Tyler (Scott). I felt comfortable. I think we were doing 44.8s by then. I was like, ‘This feels slow, guys. Come on.’ Then I got up to first and I was doing 44.5s. I was riding over my head. I was almost highsiding coming out of corners, losing the front. It was just a difficult race. I think that when you followed somebody, it felt comfortable doing it, but when you got to the front, you…

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