Westby Racing to Cease Operation in 2024

December 18, 2023Ramon Jones

This morning Westby Racing released a statement that they will no longer be operating the team effective immediately. The team has cited health concerns regarding team owner Tyrg Westby who has been a staple of the MotoAmerica series since its inception.

The follow is from a statement released by MotoAmerica on behalf of Westby Racing

Tryg Westby Comments on the Departure of Westby Racing

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my entire life,” Westby said. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of health issues over the past few years, and it’s been getting more and more difficult for me to get to the races. So, after a lot of careful thought, I’ve decided to conclude our long run as an AMA and MotoAmerica race team.

“I started this team with my son Dane, and after he passed, we continued to run the team as an answer to ‘WWDD?,’ which is ‘What Would Dane Do?’ Well, the answer to that was to keep racing because we had unfinished business that we started with Dane. But, now, due to my health, it’s time to close this chapter of the Westby legacy.

“I want to personally thank all the riders, crew members, staff members, sponsors, and team partners—especially Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.—who have worked with us over the years. We had a lot of success and good times together. I wish everyone well in their next endeavors, and I also want to thank MotoAmerica for allowing us to be part of their excellent road racing series.”

Where will Mathew Scholtz Land?

Given the shock surrounding this move it is hard to say where Mathew Scholtz will end up in 2024. With many teams having already announced their 2024 rider lineups. It’s hard to imagine a scenario with Scholtz not having a seat. He is still competing at the top level in MotoAmerica Superbike and it would be an unfortunate exit for what was a year of disappointment for Scholtz spearheaded by a number of unlucky race incidents. However, with racing these things are part of the sport so we will report back when more information is released regarding his plans for 2024.