Scholtz, from Durban, South Africa, raced in the Red Bull Rookies Cup from 2008 to 2010 before moving on to the 125cc Championship and the Moto2 in 2011. Scholtz is now ready for the next step in class and will join the World Supersport Championship next year.
“PTR has a reputation for bringing out the best in young riders and this is a dream come true for me,” declared Scholtz. “Just look at what Eugene Laverty achieved and how after one season… I know with PTR that I will have the bike, team and structure to show exactly what I am capable of and I am ready to make this step up. It will not be easy but I will have every opportunity and am determined to be a challenger in the World Supersport Championship.”
Scholtz will join Martin Jessop and the PTR Honda team on January 19th for his first testing session. Scholtz will then travel to Australia for an official WSS test before opening weekend on February 26th.
“Mathew has good experience in Europe and already knows some of the tracks,” said Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager. “Although only 19 he has experience at a high level so shouldn’t be influenced by the pressure of competing in a World Championship. He has the backing of a team that will do whatever it takes to help him succeed. He has the potential and together we are going to maximise it.”