MotoGP: Elena Myers to Pilot Suzuki GSVR
AMA Supersport star Elena Myers will have a huge opportunity Thursday, Aug. 25, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 17-year-old California Myers native will pilot a Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP prototype just days before the Red Bull Indianapolis GP that weekend.
Elena Myers (Suzuki GSX-R600 Supersport) says: “Words cannot describe how excited I am to ride the Suzuki GSV-R at Indy during the MotoGP weekend this year,. We had talked about it last year, but things didn’t work out, so here’s a big thanks to everyone involved for making this possible. When I sat on the bike last year, it felt like it was made to fit me.
“So actually being able to spin a few laps on it will be quite the treat. I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”
At the conclusion of the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division, the Suzuki Scoop Fans GSX-R600 rider Meyers finished fifth overall despite missing two rounds due to injury (wrist injury during supermoto race in June). She had podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park, plus five top-five finishes throughout the season.
Finally, Myers became the first female racer to ever win an AMA Pro road race when she captured the AMA Pro SuperSport victory at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California last year.
Paul Denning (Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager) says: “We are delighted to be able to give Elena Myers this opportunity to get some understanding of how Suzuki’s MotoGP bike feels and operates. She is a very talented racer – not ‘for a girl’ – she’s just fast full-stop!
“MotoGP is the pinnacle of every racer’s ambition and there aren’t so many people who have ridden the very latest 2011 GSV-R – Bautista, Hopkins, Aoki and now Elena! I would guess she’s also the only female racer to have ever ridden an 800cc MotoGP machine? Either way, we really hope she enjoys the experience.”