Elena Myers celebrated her second career victory with a win in the second Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race.
Elena Myers claimed victory in the second Motorcycle-Superstore.com
SuperSport race at Daytona International Speedway. The Suzuki rider managed a huge draft on the back straight to seize her second career victory, and the second ever AMA Pro road racing victory by a female rider. National Guard Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander nipped RoadRace Factory Yamaha’s Hayden Gillim for second.
While Friday’s SuperSport race was an eight-rider battle, Saturday’s 10-lap contest whittled the lead group down to four. The eventual podium finishers were joined by Race 1 winner Celtic Racing Oreint Express Suzuki’s James Rispoli in the opening laps.
The strategy for the 10-lap race remained the same as Friday's, try to hang with the lead group and jockey for position on final home straight draft.
Rispoli ran into issues on the final lap and fell out of the lead group. While Myers was shuffled off the podium on the final draft in Race 1, she held onto front in Race 2 to claim the first-ever AMA Daytona win by a woman. Myers benefited by Gillim and Alexander bumping elbows on the final push to the flag.
James Rispoli (1) looked strong for win number 2 in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race, but fell out of the lead group in the closing lap.
Elena Myers leads Corey Alexander and Hayden Gillim en route to her second career victory in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series.
Corey Alexander and Elena Myers shake hands after the second SuperSport race at Daytona.
“Yesterday I got the short end of the draft and I was happy there was only four of us up here today instead of eight,” said Myers. “Everybody’s bikes were really fast, and mine was too. I just can’t thank my team enough for giving me such a good bike this weekend… they put just the greatest machine under me and I’m just happy to get a win for them. This is my first, I’d say legitimate win, because I won last time on a red flag [Infineon 2010]. It’s just really cool to be up here.”
Rispoli maintains the points lead in the SuperSport West series, with Myers now only five points adrift. Alexander holds the East series points ahead of Race 1’s third-place finisher, Stefano Mesa, who finished seventh in Race 2.
2012 Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Daytona Race 2 Results:
1. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
2. Corey Alexander (Suzuki) +0.239
3. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha) +0.248
4. James Rispoli (Suzuki) +6.756
5. Miles Thornton (Yamaha) +10.807
6. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) +10.892
7. Stefano Mesa (Yamaha) +11.02
8. Ryan Kerr (Kawasaki) +11.023
9. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yamaha) +11.132
10. Zach Herrin (Yamaha) +15.653
11. Travis Ohge (Yamaha) +15.766
12. Jacob Morman (Yamaha) +16.436
13. Manny Manusuthakis (Yamaha) +16.534
14. Charlie Long (Suzuki) +17.929
15. Travis Wyman (Suzuki) +19.559
2012 AMA Pro SuperSport East Points:
1. Corey Alexander, 42
2. Stefano Mesa, 35
3. Tomas Puerta, 33
4. Jake Lewis, 25
5. Miles Thornton, 24
2012 AMA Pro SuperSport West Points:
1. James Rispoli, 50
2. Elena Myers, 45
3. Hayden Gillim, 34
4. Sebastiao Ferreira, 22
5. Travis Ohge, 17