Elena Myers, who rode Suzuki's GSV-R bike on the eve of last year's Indianapolis Grand Prix, took another small step towards her dream of becoming the first female MotoGP rider by making history at Daytona.
“Any girl in MotoGP would be good, but I hope I'm the first," said Myers after the Indianapolis appearance. "That's my goal, and I'm trying hard every day to get there."
Already the first female to win an AMA pro road race, in the SuperSport class at Infineon in 2010, Myers is now the first female to win a professional motorsports race at the Daytona International Speedway.
Sixth in Friday's opening SuperSport race, the 18-year-old learned from her mistakes, which caused her to get shuffled back on the final lap, and put herself in exactly the right spot to take advantage of the draft and capture the Saturday win by 0.239sec.
"I just won Daytona!" said Myers. "Pretty crazy way to start the season. 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 finished fifth overall in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division, despite missing two rounds due to injury.
Spanish lady racer Elena Rosell has signed to ride in the full 2012 Moto2 World Championship season, with the QMMF Moriwaki team.