Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com RMR Suzuki’s Elena Myers registered a convincing performance in AMA Pro SuperSport action at Mid-Ohio this weekend, scoring a pair of strong results despite facing off against a deep field in combined East/West action.
In the midst of a learning season, the talented teen racer continued to hone her craft during some tough on-track battles at the challenging circuit.
Having to wait six weeks for a chance following a difficult round at Road America, the Infineon Raceway SuperSport winner was immediately on the pace, ranking near the top of the sheets of the first practice. Qualifying proved to be more of a challenge but she found her form once again during the races.
Starting ninth after qualifying with a time of 1:33.206 aboard her GSX-R600, Elena found herself emerged in a race-long scrap for eighth position in Saturday’s contest. She earned the position by a narrow margin of less than three tenths of a second after 17 laps of racing.
Sunday’s race was similar, only this time she battled for seventh in a three-way tilt. While looking as if she had the measure of her rivals, a last-lap mechanical issue cost her a position. Elena held on for a second eighth-place result of the weekend as the three riders were separated by just 0.087 seconds at the checkered flag.
Elena Myers says: “We started really great this weekend, running fourth in the opening practice, but I had a bunch of struggles in qualifying. I don’t know why, but for some reason I couldn’t go as fast as I did in practice.”
“But the first race was quite fun. We had a good battle and it was really close right to the end and I came out on top of my fight for eighth.
“Sunday’s race went great. I made my way up from ninth into seventh and held the lead in that battle for the last four or five laps of the race. Unfortunately, on the last lap we had a problem with the bike, which was really a bummer. I still held on for eighth, so it was another good race in the end.”
Myers heads to next weekend’s combined MotoGP/AMA round at Laguna Seca ranked second in the West Region with 118 points and expecting another strong result.
“I’m all warmed up for Laguna now so I’m really looking forward to a good result there. I raced at Laguna last October and it went well. It’s now my favorite track so I’m really looking forward to going there,” said Myers.