2011 Suzuki Equator Review
In March 2011, Elena headed into her AMA Pro Racing debut at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida armed with a pair of Team Hammer-prepared Suzuki GSX-R600 racebikes fielded in collaboration with RoadracingWorld.com and Richie Morris Racing. She ran in the top five and finished seventh in both races of the AMA SuperSport double-header at Daytona. She crashed in a starting-grid collision not of her making on Saturday of the second round of the AMA Series, at Fontana, California's Auto Club Speedway, and suffered a badly bruised elbow. She rebounded to finish a strong fourth on Sunday.Just before the third round of the series at Braselton, Georgia's Road Atlanta, Lucas Oil signed on as a title sponsor, and Elena's program had a new official name: Lucas Oil RoadracingWorld.com RMR Suzuki. Unfortunately a competitor's motorcycle spewed out coolant on the parade lap before Saturday's race, causing Elena and several other riders to crash; her left foot suffered a severe bruising. Again, Elena rebounded on Sunday, passing into fourth just as a red flag came out; with scoring backed up a lap according to AMA rules, Elena was officially classified as finishing fifth on the day.
Shooting pain caused by a nerve problem in the injured foot became a problem at the fourth round of the series, at Sonoma, California's Infineon Raceway. After receiving a pain-killing local injection, Elena qualified on the second row of the grid, then went on to make history by battling forward and winning Saturday's race! She led again on Sunday and was third on the last lap when a competitor knocked her off the track a few corners before the finish line; Elena finished fifth.
Life changed for Elena Myers on that historic weekend in May. Fans stood and cheered each time she went past on the track. People thronged around her in the paddock, and lined up for autographs.