Elena Myers to Ride Rizla Suzuki GSV-R
16-year-old invited to ride at Valencia
The invitation was extended after the 16-year-old Myers, the first female to win an AMA Pro Road Racing race, visited the Rizla Suzuki garage at the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Myers rides a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the AMA Supersport class, but will get the chance to ride a few laps of Spain’s Valencia circuit on the Suzuki GSV-R following the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.
“It blows my mind that people like that are kind of looking at me and the AMA stuff,” says Myers, who races for the Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com RMR Suzuki team. “To get this opportunity is a once in a lifetime kind of thing.”
Myers met with Rizla Suzuki riders Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista. The veteran Capirossi answered Myers’ questions about racing and invited her to sit on his GSV-R. Bautista helped to explain the switches and buttons on the MotoGP bike.
“It felt really small,” says Myers, describing the GSV-R, “but everything, all the bars and levers and pegs were exactly where I wanted it. I was like, ‘I could ride this thing right out of here.’”
Myers also got the chance to twist the GSV-R’s throttle during the bike’s warm-up procedure.
“It was like a 125 almost with the way the rpm went up so fast,” says Myers. “Any movement of the throttle made the revs jump so fast. I’m just speechless about the whole thing.”
Several Rizla Suzuki staff members asked Myers if she would like to ride the GSV-R some time. Team Manager Paul Denning said it invitation was serious, explaining it would not be an official test, just a chance to ride a few laps on the MotoGP bike.
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