At 17-years old, AMA Supersport pilot Elena Myers made her debut on a MotoGP prototype at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday.
The Team Suzuki Scoops Fans rider gave the GSX-R600 a break, and took Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki GSVR MotoGP bike around the 2.6-mile Indy Circuit. Myers completed five laps aboard Bautista’s prototype, posting a top speed of 190 mph down Indy’s straight.
This all came about after Myers chatted with Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager Paul Denning at Laguna Seca MotoGP in July; he decided to allow her to ride the GSVR as the team preps for this weekend’s Red Bull Indy MotoGP.
Team Suzuki says Meyers was “watched by regular Suzuki MotoGP racer Bautista and many other Grand Prix stars as she put the GSV-R through its paces, and all were impressed with her smooth and self-assured riding style. Bautista was also on-hand before Myers took to the track to offer advice and was waiting in the pit-box as she returned his bike ready for Sunday’s race.”
Myers became the first female racer to win an AMA Pro road-race when she took victory at the AMA Pro SuperSport event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma in 2010. This season Myers has recorded a podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park, plus five more top-five finishes on her way to an impressive fifth overall in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division – despite missing two rounds due to injury.
Elena Myers (Team Suzuki) says: “Wow! I can’t really say anything else; it was just such an incredible experience! I can’t thank the guys at Suzuki MotoGP enough – they have been awesome! This makes me so hungry to come out here and try it someday for real on a race weekend: Well I guess this is a race weekend, but I mean for real next time. I can’t say enough about the bike either; it does everything 20 times better than I ever would have imagined – this has just been amazing and I think I’ll slowly realise what just happened over the next couple of days. The GSV-R just blew me away!”
Paul Denning (Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager) says: “It was great to see Elena out on a MotoGP bike and very cool that – as the Suzuki MotoGP team – we could help her fulfil one of her dreams. At 17-years-old, and judging by her performances in the AMA Pro SuperSport championship, she has a significant amount of ability that is only going to develop as she gains experience. She treated the run today with great intelligence and maturity, but nonetheless it was impressive to see that she wasn’t afraid of either the speed or the power!
“Thanks to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for helping us to make this happen, the boys for preparing the bike and to Alvaro for letting Elena use it!”