News Elena Myers grabs AMA SuperSport Top 5

Elena Myers grabs AMA SuperSport Top 5

AMA SportSport Report

RMR Suzuki’s Lucas Oil-sponsored Elena Myers displayed her speed, toughness, and determination again this weekend at Road Atlanta as she continued her impressive AMA Pro SuperSport campaign. Myers earned fifth place on Sunday as the talented teen continues to show speed in her AMA Pro rookie season.

For the second consecutive race weekend, Myers qualified on the front row of the grid for the weekend’s twin SuperSport finals. Elena circulated with a quick lap of 1:32.130 during Saturday morning’s final qualifying session to secure the outside position on Row 1.

However, similar to her misfortune at Auto Club Speedway, her Saturday race ended before it even got started, as she was cruelly taken out of contention prior to even lining up at her hard-earned grid position. Fluid on the track caused three frontrunners to crash during the sighting lap, including Myers, who was unable to take part in the race as a result.

Despite suffering an injury to her foot in the spill, Elena came out swinging on Sunday. She raced up front, earning a second top-five result of the young AMA Pro SuperSport season. She was ultimately awarded fifth in the twice red-flagged race and was confident she could have made a strong bid for fourth had the race been run to full distance.

Reflecting on the Road Atlanta weekend, Elena said, "I was able to hook up with a fast rider in qualifying and drop my time a few tenths. I was glad I got the opportunity to start on the front row. However, Saturday’s race was a bummer because on the sighting lap there was an incident with water or something down on the track. I highsided on that and my foot got pretty messed up. Walking around it’s okay, but riding, it’s pretty painful.

Elena Myers says: "Today I tried my absolute best and the bike was working really well. Before the restart I was in fourth but I had to start the restart from fifth, and that was unfortunate and I got pinched off at the start. Those guys got a little bit of a lead on me and just when I caught back up to fourth place we were red flagged again."

16-year-old Myers will resume her hunt for a first-career AMA Pro podium result and the AMA SuperSport West Division championship when the series resumes on May 14-16 at Infineon Raceway.

"I’ll get my foot all healed up and be ready for Infineon," Elena said. "I actually only live an hour away from the track and I’m definitely looking forward to that race. I’ve only ridden the place a couple times but I really enjoy it and it will be good to ride in front of my home crowd."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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