TONI ELIAS EARNS 10TH MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE RACE OF THE SEASON ON YOSHIMURA SUZUKI GSX-R1000

Sunday's MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 came down to a last-lap pass made by Toni Elias on Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Roger Hayden, who led all but the final lap. Elias' victory was his 10th of the season. (Photo by Brian J. Nelson)

Sunday's MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 came down to a last-lap pass made by Toni Elias on Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Roger Hayden, who led all but the final lap. Elias' victory was his 10th of the season. (Photo by Brian J. Nelson)

A day after clinching the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Toni Elias made a last-lap pass on teammate Roger Hayden to take victory in Race 2 Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. 

It was Elias' 10th victory of the season.

Hayden sprinted to the front on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and led the race for 22 of the 23 laps. Elias, who fell back to seventh after debris hit him in the foot, rallied back and pulled up to Hayden in the closing laps. On the final lap Elias dove underneath Hayden in turn one and pulled away to victory. The close pass forced Hayden wide and he ran off into the grass, costing him a shot at the win in process. He managed to keep the bike on two wheels and held on to a podium finish of third.

"I am happy for my team to take another victory," Elias said. "I think my pass on Roger was too close and I did not want it to happen that way, but he braked very late and so did I. I thought I had room. It was fantastic to win the championship and I just want to keep going like this through the end of the season."

Hayden was masterful in keeping his machine upright after running off the track. 

"I had a good start and I put my head down and tried to get away," Hayden explained. "Kyle (Wyman) ran a great race today. On the last lap when Toni passed me I had nowhere to go but the grass. Fortunately, I was able to get back on the track and still put it on the box."

On Saturday Hayden set a track record in Superpole. It was his second track record of the season.

Elias' victory now raises Yoshimura Suzuki's win count to 12 in 18 races for the revolutionary 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in its debut season. Additionally, Elias and Hayden have given Suzuki's flagship sportbike a first and second in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

The series concludes next weekend, Sept. 15-17, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

You can keep up with the team’s progress by visiting http://yoshimura-racing.com and http://www.suzukicycles.com/Racing/Road%20Racing.aspx and via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzukiCycles.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motul, Tucker Rocky, Dunlop, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Chicken Hawk Racing and Zeta.

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is "The Leader in Performance" and has been for over 60 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket. Yoshimura exhaust systems are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit, and quality that has been our trademark for six decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

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YOSHIMURA SUZUKI’S TONI ELIAS CLINCHES 2017 MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VICTORY

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Toni Elias clinched the 2017 Motul MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Saturday in Millville, New Jersey. Here he stands alongside Yoshimura's Don Sakakura. (Photo by Brian J. Nelson)

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Toni Elias clinched the 2017 Motul MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Saturday in Millville, New Jersey. Here he stands alongside Yoshimura's Don Sakakura. (Photo by Brian J. Nelson)

Toni Elias didn’t need to win Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, but the 34-year-old Spaniard found he had the speed. He moved his Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike to the front eight laps into the 23-lap race and held off Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammate Roger Hayden at the finish line by 0.039 seconds to win his ninth race of the season.

In the process Elias clinched the 2017 Motul MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with three races remaining.

The victory marked a record 14th MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike Championship for Suzuki.

Additionally, Hayden secured second in the championship, giving the new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 a 1-2 result in the machine’s debut season.

Elias, a former Moto2 World Champion, now adds a MotoAmerica Superbike title to his already impressive résumé. He was ecstatic with his victory and championship. He graciously thanked everyone who helped make it possible for him to race in America.

“I am so happy,” said Elias, who becomes the first rider from Spain in the 41-year history of the series to win MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike title. “It was amazing to take the championship by winning. That was the way I wanted to do it, but Roger and Josh (Hayes) were riding so strong it was not easy. I am so thankful to my crew, to Yoshimura and Suzuki for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Elias’ family made the trip over from Spain and was able to enjoy the championship with him.

Earlier in the day, Hayden won Superpole for the sixth time this season and used the power of his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to set a new motorcycle track record at NJMP at 1:20.378.

It was a great three-way battle for most of the race with Hayden moving up and trying a last-lap draft on Elias on the main straight, but came up a half-bike length short. It was the ninth time this season Yoshimura Suzuki finished first and second.

Suzuki holds the record for the most championship and wins in MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike history. The Suzuki GSX-R is also the all-time winningest motorcycle in the series.

Racing at NJMP continues Sunday, including MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2. The series concludes next weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

For additional details on the upcoming event visit www.MotoAmerica.com

You can keep up with the team’s progress by visiting http://yoshimura-racing.com and http://www.suzukicycles.com/Racing/Road%20Racing.aspx and via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzukiCycles.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motul, Tucker Rocky, Dunlop, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Chicken Hawk Racing and Zeta.

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is "The Leader in Performance" and has been for over 60 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket. Yoshimura exhaust systems are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit, and quality that has been our trademark for six decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

HAYDEN WINS MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE RACE 2 IN PITTSBURGH ON YOSHIMURA SUZUKI

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Roger Hayden broke through to score his second victory of the season Sunday in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 in the inaugural series race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Teammate Toni Elias finished second, not only giving Yoshimura Suzuki yet another one-two finish, it also expanded Elias' series lead to 79 points with just four races remaining on the 2017 MotoAmerica calendar.

Hayden's standout weekend began by winning Superpole - his series-leading fifth of the year. He was joined at the top of the timing charts by Elias and Jake Lewis, giving the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 a clean sweep of the front row in qualifying.

Elias and Hayden finished second and third respectively in Saturday's race, before the two ran at the front nearly the entire way in Sunday's race. Hayden built up a big lead before a red flag stopped the race. On the 6-lap restart Hayden once again quickly powered to the the lead and held on for the victory.

It was the eighth time this season that Yoshimura Suzuki has finished one-two.

It marked Hayden's sixth-career Superbike victory.

"I'm happy to get this victory not just for me, but also for my family," Hayden said. "It shows that we're still here, we're still racing and we're still winning. My Suzuki was great today and I thank my whole team for the work they put into making that happen. I'd built a pretty good lead and was disappointed to see the red flag, but on the restart I was determined to get back up front. On that last lap I wasn't going to let anyone pass me." 

Elias nearly crashed into Cameron Beaubier when Beaubier's bike lost traction right in front of Elias, but Toni was able to make a quick move to avoid potential trouble and from there rallied to push Hayden all the way to the flag. Hayden's gap over Elias at the finish in Sunday's race was 0.263 seconds. 

"It was very close for me when Cameron ran off the track," Elias explained. "I tried my best to catch Roger, but he was too strong today. Fortunately my finishes this weekend have given me a good gap in the points, but I will not rest because the championship is not over until it's over." 

The series now goes east in two weeks to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the penultimate MotoAmerica round, on Sept. 8-10 in Millville, N.J.

For additional details on the upcoming event visit www.MotoAmerica.com

You can keep up with the team’s progress by visiting http://yoshimura-racing.com and http://www.suzukicycles.com/Racing/Road%20Racing.aspx and via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzukiCycles.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motul, Tucker Rocky, Dunlop, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Chicken Hawk Racing and Zeta.

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is "The Leader in Performance" and has been for over 60 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket. Yoshimura exhaust systems are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit, and quality that has been our trademark for six decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.