News 17 Aug 2011

Female AMA standout Elena Myers to ride Suzuki at Indy MotoGP

American Elena Myers will complete demo laps at Indianapolis for Suzuki.

American Elena Myers will complete demo laps at Indianapolis for Suzuki.

American Suzuki Motor Corporation has revealed that Team SuzukiScoopFans rider Elena Myers will turn several laps aboard the Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP bike on Thursday, 25 August, at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

“Words cannot describe how excited I am to ride the Suzuki GSV-R at Indy during the MotoGP weekend this year,” 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 an impressive fifth-place overall in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division, despite missing two rounds due to injury. En route to that result, the 17-year-old California native picked up a 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, CA last year.

Suzuki’s MotoGP Team Manager, Paul Denning, looks forward to the occasion.

“We are delighted to be able to give Elena this opportunity to get some understanding of how Suzuki’s MotoGP bike feels and operates,” Denning said. “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.”