News Elena Myers: AMA Infineon Win Follow-up

Elena Myers: AMA Infineon Win Follow-up

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Lucas Oil RMR Suzuki’s Elena Myers completed her historic Infineon Raceway weekend with another stirring ride on Sunday, backing up the front-running form she used on Saturday to claim her first career AMA Pro SuperSport victory.

Myers shot to the front from her eighth-place grid position aboard her Suzuki GSX-R600 and led several laps in the opening half of the Sunday race while clicking off her fastest laps of the weekend.

A mishap with her kill switch dropped her a number of spots down the order near mid-distance, but the 16-year-old was given a second chance to fight at the front when a red flag to clean up crash debris stopped the race and reset the grid shortly following her miscue.

At the restart she once again found herself battling for a podium placing. Despite struggling with a lack of grip from her rapidly wearing front tire, Elena worked hard to hold onto third place.

It wasn’t to be, unfortunately, as she was unable to keep up her previous pace. She quickly regrouped and brought it home in fifth place as she notched up her third consecutive top-five result in AMA Pro SuperSport competition.

Myers, the youngest woman to win a sprint race run during an AMA National weekend, and the first woman to win a featured AMA Pro Road Race had this to say.

Elena Myers says: "It was a good race at the beginning and it was a lot of fun. All of the riders at the front were racing really hard and everyone was going fast. We were pushing each other to go quicker and everyone was responding to the challenge. On the ninth lap I made a mistake by hitting my kill switch and was able to turn it back on pretty quickly after losing some spots."

"But then it got red-flagged so we started over again. I climbed up to the front and was battling for the lead again and was in third place having a great time putting on a show for the fans. Then the front tire started to go and it was pretty shredded. I was trying to manage it the best I could. I tried to hold on to third place but it just wasn’t possible."

"We made up some points in the championship and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I won on Saturday," the 16 year-old added. "I was an incredible weekend for the team, and my family, and me. I want to thank everyone who helped me, plus all the fans for supporting me as well. I can’t wait for the next race!"

Myers closed up 30 points on the AMA Pro SuperSport West Division Championship leader at Infineon Raceway and currently sits second in the title chase with 92 points, 45 off the lead.

She’ll look to reduce that deficit even further when she takes on the combined East/West SuperSport field at the high-speed Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 4-6.

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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