Suzuki SportBikeTrackGear.com's Elena Myers Captures Fifth at Barber Motorsports Park
NEWS June 25, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Suzuki-Cycles:
BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 24, 2012) – Team Suzuki SportbikeTrackGear.com rider Elena Myers brought her “A” game to this weekend’s double-header AMA Pro SuperSport event at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. Although Myers has been recovering from early-season wrist surgery, the past race weekend saw her put in an inspiring ride on her Suzuki GSX-R600 and bring home fifth- and seventh-place finishes. Although Myers is contesting the entire AMA Pro SuperSport season, she’s officially campaigning the West series where she’s third in the overall championship points.
Myers came into this race weekend with a new look and a revised team name. After American Suzuki changed the title of the “SuzukiScoopFans” facebook page to simply “Suzuki,” the Suzuki SportbikeTrackGear.com team followed suit and adopted the facebook-style, thumbs-up “Like” logo to accompany the traditional Suzuki emblem on Myers’ GSX-R600. Team updates are available on the Suzuki facebook page at www.facebook.com/SuzukiCycles.
In Saturday’s 17-lap race, Myers got a pretty good start on her Suzuki GSX-R600 and quickly slotted into sixth place. She hung with the pack and then moved up to battle for fourth for several laps before finally finishing seventh.
“I got off the line about eighth,” said Myers. “And then I made a few passes in the first couple of laps, which is the time to do it. I ran up there for quite awhile but I didn’t have the pace to run with the front-runners. So I ended up in a fight for fifth for most of the race and that was a whole lot of fun. Overall, it was a step in the right direction, I feel like I’m improving and my wrist is healing. The Suzuki GSX-R600 was running good. It was definitely capable of a podium today, I just wasn’t quite there yet.”
On Sunday, Myers came through unscathed after two red flags were thrown for crashed riders. In all three race starts, Myers got good launches on her Suzuki GSX-R600. In the final and most important effort, she battled for fifth for the entire race before finally taking over the coveted spot on the last lap.
“It was a crazy race,” said Myers. “Two red flags in just a few laps. But I got decent starts, and in the last re-start I was running fifth for the first half of the race. Then I dropped back a bit but was able to latch on and get back into fifth on the last lap. It was a good result for the Suzuki SportbikeTrackGear.com team overall. Now we’re going to Mid-Ohio. I haven’t had the best results there but that’s going to change this year. I’m training hard until then.”
The Suzuki SportbikeTrackGear.com team’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport season is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the weekend of July 13 - 15, 2012.
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