Team SuzukiScoopFans SportBikeGear.com Suzuki rider Elena Myers had tremendous cause to celebrate after the season-opening round of the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday.
Not only did the young racer turn in a truly-inspired ride to take the win on her SuzukiScoopFans Suzuki GSX-R600, she also became the first female competitor to win a professional motorsports race at the famed Daytona International Speedway.
Eighteen-year-old Myers started the weekend by carding a front-row grid position during qualifying. In Friday's SuperSport race, she became reacquainted with the Daytona track and its notorious banking, running up front in a podium position for several laps before finishing a respectable sixth. Then, on Saturday morning, Myers pulled out all the stops and rode flawlessly on her SuzukiScoopFans Suzuki GSX-R600. Aggressively battling for a podium position all 10 laps, Myers waited until the final lap to put herself in exactly the right spot to take advantage of the Daytona draft and capture the win.
"I just won Daytona," enthused Myers. "Pretty crazy way to start the season off. I can't thank my SuzukiScoopFans team enough for putting a bike as good as the Suzuki GSX-R600 underneath me all weekend. Man, I didn't think I was going to do it when I was coming down the straight, but somehow I pulled it off. The craziness of Daytona! I was hoping to get a win this weekend and I can't thank Suzuki and my team enough for doing a great job."
Myers and the SuzukiScoopFans team started the 2012 season with a brand-new Suzuki GSX-R600, so Myers hasn't put in a lot of saddle time yet. This makes her winning result on Saturday even more impressive, for both rider and team.
"We've been trying to get the Suzuki set up pretty quick," said Myers. "I can't say enough about my SuzukiScoopFans team and my program. Today it was a pretty crazy race. I got a good start and led for a few laps, and a few guys came by me and I just tried to stay with them. It's been a while since I've been on the podium and it feels really good to be back up here. This is definitely a boost for my confidence."
The Team SuzukiScoopFans SportBikeGear.com Suzuki's next event of the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport season is at Road Atlanta in Braselton on April 20-22nd.