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Myers to do MotoGP demo laps at Indy

17-year-old Elena Myers to ride laps on Suzuki MotoGP bike at Indianapolis.
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."

Tagged as: Indianapolis , Rizla Suzuki

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wr86 - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 1:54 PM

She has talent and is a hard nosed racer but she tends to fade in the latter stages of the race. If she ups her conditioning she probably could contest for wins regularly on the smaller bikes - not sure she'll ever be strong enough for an 800 or 1000 over a full race distance against the best in the world. It would be time well spent is she used the off season to work out with Spies or Ben Bostrom to see what is needed to compete at the highest levels. I'd like to see her give moto2 a try in a few years.

Rukster - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 12:41 PM

Good on the girl. Can only help to improve the image of the sport. Motogp could really use an injection of publicity and sponsors right now... Plus she's pretty hot too! Lets hope we see her in the top flight a few years down the line.

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