Press Release Issued by Team21 Motorsport LLC
MILLVILLE, NJ – McGraw Powersports/Team21Motosport Superbike rider, Elena Myers, finishes off her debut superbike season with a nail biter finish that secures her fifth place overall in the MotoAmerica Superbike class!
A lot of excitement was surrounding the final MotoAmerica Superbike of the 2015 season held at New Jersey Motosports Park in Millville, New Jersey. After coming off a month long break, McGraw Powersports rider and Team21Motosport owner, Myers, couldn’t wait to get the weekend underway.
With the idea of securing a top five finish in her debut Superbike season, Elena was approaching the weekend a little bit different than usual.
“This being my first year as a Superbike rider I really wanted to finish it off strong here in New Jersey,” said Myers.”After Indy I was sitting fifth in points, so I knew it was really important for me and my team to try and retain that for the championship. Going into the weekend I had that in the back of my mind so I was just trying to ride smart yet still continue to improve.”
The weekend started off as usual but one thing about New Jersey is that it’s a demanding track on any bike, but especially on a Superbike. After FP3, Myers was in 14th overall, just a couple seconds off pole, which she was pleased with considering the field was so close. After a wet superpole, Elena found herself in 18th position going into the last two races on Sunday.Race one was got underway and Myers found herself battling Canadian Superbike Champ, Jordan Szoke, who made an appearance after winning his 10th Canadian Superbike Championship. They went back and forth a few times and she ended up crossing the line in front of him at the checkers for 14th overall and 6th in class. In a tight battle with Superbike veteran, Chris Ulrich, for the fifth place points battle, all Myers had to do was stay upright and score at least five points to secure the position. However, at the start of race two, Elena found herself picking up her bike off the New Jersey soil after a turn one collision between her and a couple riders.
“I went all season without even the smallest tip-over and right when it matters the most, of course I hit the ground. I’m not really sure what happened or whose fault it was but I know I got in there pretty hot and when everyone’s trying to scrap over the same spec of tarmac, sometimes incidents happen. At first I thought it was over, but after a moment I hobbled back over to my bike which seemed somewhat rideable, got on and tried to see what I could do. Luckily the damage wasn’t too bad but the left bar was bent and the foot peg was mostly missing. I ended up a few laps down, but since our class is kinda small this year I scored the points I needed and got my fifth! I’m so proud of my team and my guys this year. I think we showed everyone what a small privateer effort can do with some consistency and hard work.”
“It’s been such an amazing year and I can hardly believe it’s now over. I think I surpassed my own expectations and I hope I did for my sponsors as well. I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this awesome season. McGraw Powersports for taking a chance and believing in me, and all of my key partners: Suzuki, Yoshimura, DynoJet, Maxima, Woodcraft CFM, Armour Bodies, SpeedCell, Spiegler, Arai Helmets, GiMoto, and NPMoto. And thank you to all of my amazing fans who have stood behind mean given me the strength and wonderful wishes to give it my all and never give up!”