South African youngster Mathew Scholtz has become the fourth member of PTR Honda's increasingly international World Supersport squad, joining American PJ Jacobsen, and Brits Sam Lowes and Martin Jessopp in the UK-based team.
Scholtz (19) is a Durbanite (or whatever you call them) and started his international career in the Red Bull Rookies in 2008, bagging a win and three podiums before moving into 125GPs and then Moto2. He will test at Phillip Island a couple of days prior to the first race Down Under.
“PTR has a reputation for bringing out the best in young riders and this is a dream come true for me. Just look at what Eugene Laverty achieved and how after one season Sam Lowes is one of the favourites for the 2012 Championship," he said.
"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.”