Mike Harth (7), Cam Roos (16) and Jamie James (10) race together coming out of turn six at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., during the 1989 AMA 750cc Supersport race. This was an infamous race where a crash started by David Sadowski getting too hot into turn five resulted in Doug Chandler and Jamie James crashing out of the race. Sadowski (who ran off the track, but didn’t go down in the incident) famously walked over to the Yoshimura Suzuki pits after the race, turned his cheek to James and told him to go ahead and punch him as hard as he could because he deserved it. James didn’t take him up on the offer. Roos got past Harth to finish fourth, behind Scott Russell, Sadowski and Scott Zampach.
Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com RMR Suzuki’s Elena Myers gained valuable experience during an up-and-down weekend of AMA Pro SuperSport racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Having already claimed the runner-up position in the West Region championship, Myers headed to NJMP to compete in the East Region finale to further her rapid progress as a professional racer.
Qualifying in 10th at 1:27.582 aboard her GSX-R600, Elena again proved to be an even stronger racer than qualifier in Saturday’s final. Dicing up as high as fifth in Saturday’s final while clocking lap times more than a half-second quicker than her qualifying best, she eventually earned eighth place.
Sunday’s race went south early, however, as she was taken out by a fellow competitor just a couple of turns after the green light on the opening lap.
Commenting on her weekend, Myers said, “I went out with a good base set-up but we’ve been having issues with the rear of the bike pumping all weekend. Actually, it’s a problem that has come up before and we’ve been trying really hard to fix it but we still haven’t quite solved it yet.
“Final qualifying didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I felt like I was riding really well in the race other than a few little problems. However, Sunday’s race didn’t go very well. I had the line and was committed to the turn and another ride came in and shoved me out of the way. I had it saved — almost — but it flipped over and I was stuck under the bike for like a minute. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to go back out after that.”
The 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport season ends in a combined East/West winner-take-all shootout at Barber Motorsports Park on September 24-26 to determine the national champion. Elena is excited about the prospects of the high stakes weekend.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend for sure,” she remarked. “It’s an amazing opportunity. We’re going to do a couple track days before the weekend there and we should have a good set-up for the race. I’ve got to get real strong over the next couple of weeks and just be prepared for a big weekend.”