Thursday, August 18, 2011

Elena Myers to get Suzuki MotoGP laps at Indy

Elena Myers will ride Suzuki's GSV-R MotoGP bike on Thursday, August 25th, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the day before the start of the grand prix weekend.

Myers became the first female to ever win an AMA Pro road race when she captured the AMA Pro SuperSport victory at Infineon Raceway last year. 

She also met the Rizla Suzuki team at the 2010 US MotoGP and a GSV-R ride was initially planned for the end of last season. That didn't happen, but the 17-year-old Californian wasn't forgotten. 

"Words cannot describe how excited I am to ride the Suzuki GSV-R at Indy during the MotoGP weekend," said Myers. 

"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." 

Myers finished fifth overall in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division for Suzuki - despite missing two rounds due to injury - picking up a podium at Barber Motorsports Park among five top-five finishes. 

"We are delighted to be able to give Elena this opportunity to get some understanding of how Suzuki's MotoGP bike feels and operates," said Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning.

"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."

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