Elena Myers Paving the Way for Female Riders

NEWS April 4, 2013

Elena Myers Paving the Way for Female Riders

Photo by Brian J Nelson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2013) – It’s safe to say that Elena Myers has taken a liking to Daytona in her young, yet already prosperous career. During the 2012 DAYTONA 200 Week event, Myers, who at the time competed in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, became the first female to ever win a professional motorsports race at Daytona International Speedway. Just last month, when the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season kicked off its 2013 season at Daytona, Myers put together another performance for the record books. After graduating to AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike during the offseason, the 19-year-old’s ninth-place finish in the 72nd running of the DAYTONA 200 was the best finish by any female to ever compete in the legendary 57-lap endurance race.

“This season’s Daytona event was an amazing experience for me in so many different ways,” said Myers. “It was my first time ever competing in GoPro Daytona SportBike and I’m happy with the results. Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport was very competitive, and I definitely think I benefitted from putting in three years at that level, but the adrenaline I felt during my first ever DAYTONA 200 made me glad I chose to move up to GoPro Daytona SportBike when I did.”

Myers doesn’t seem to be fazed by any of the outside pressure that one would assume would be brought upon her after attaining the success she’s had at such a young age. The press, fans, and even her competitors are all possible candidates to put added pressure on Myers and her ongoing success story, but the Californian claims none of that has any effect on her and that she only thinks about what she can control.

“The only pressure that I ever feel is the pressure that I put on myself,” said Myers. “I don’t ever feel it from anyone else. Every time I touch the track I’m strictly focused on what I have to do to perform at the highest level I know I’m capable of. I try the best I can to block out any outside noise when I’m out there competing. I realize that sometimes I’m my own worst enemy, but I have no one to blame but myself when things go wrong.”

The week before Daytona, Myers was involved in a crash that left her with a broken finger. As if a top-ten finish in her first ever DAYTONA 200 wasn’t the proper medicine for the injury, she underwent minor surgery earlier this week to repair her finger. Her injury has healed perfectly and she plans on getting back to her usual training program in the next couple days and will use the time allotted to gear up for Road America. Look for this female phenomenon to turn heads yet again with another excellent performance against the star-studded GoPro Daytona SportBike lineup during the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America on the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2013. 

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