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Elena Myers becomes first woman to take victory at Daytona



Myers on her SuzukiScoop GSX-R600
Myers on her SuzukiScoop GSX-R600

By AMA Reporter Carole Shellby
Image by Suzuki Racing

Eighteen-year-old Elena Myers bagged her debut win at the Daytona 200 by taking the honours in the Supersport class to become the first woman to win a professional motorsports event at the hallowed track.

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. 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," she said.

"We've been trying to get the Suzuki set up pretty quick. 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."

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