Elias earns front-row start in MotoAmerica Superbike action at Elkhart Lake
Chino, CA (June 7, 2016) – Wisconsin’s scenic rolling hills hosted rounds nine and ten of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Sunday and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden and Toni Elias came away from Elkhart Lake, each having earned podium finishes aboard their Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbikes.
Hayden finished second in Sunday’s race one at the four-mile Road America course and it was Elias’ turn to score the second spot in race two. It marked the sixth podium result of the year for both Hayden and Elias.
After the strong weekend Hayden and Elias continue to be in the championship hunt, ranked third and fourth in the series standings respectively, with Hayden just 27 points out of the series lead and Elias five points behind his teammate.
Although Elias was visiting Road America for the first time, he proved a quick study and powered his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 around the track in a time of 2:32.514 to qualify second, putting him on the front row. Hayden headed up the second row, qualifying fourth with a time of 2:33.183.
In Sunday’s race one it became a three-rider battle for victory with Hayden in the mix. Hayden was right there at the finish in second, missing the win by just 4-10ths of a second. Elias finished a distant fourth, having experienced a traction issue.
Race two was also a riveting finish with four riders going at it to the end, including Elias and Hayden. Elias tried to make a move for the lead on the final lap, but couldn’t quite make it stick and instead finished second by a scant 6-10ths of a second. Hayden and his GSX-R were also right there with the lead group in a close fourth.
“Both races went really good,” Hayden said. “I struggled a little bit early in the weekend, but the team gave me a great bike for the races. I was up there battling for the win in both and I’m happy with that, but a little disappointed to get second and fourth. It was a fun race. I can’t remember the last time we had four riders battling for a Superbike win. I’m looking forward to Barber.”
For Elias it was another solid weekend and one which saw him come so close to another MotoAmerica victory.
“I had a traction problem in the first race, but in the second everything was normal and I could push,” Elias explained. “At first they were faster than me, but after some laps I improved and caught the leaders and fought for the last five laps. I knew my best opportunity to take the lead was in turn five. I decided to try at the corner, but I entered too fast and was passed again. I fought in the final meters and took second. It was good for the points. We are alive in the championship and I think we are working really well.”
Next up for the Yoshimura Suzuki team is Barber Motorsports Park this coming weekend, June 10-12 in Birmingham, AL. The races will be televised on beIN SPORTS.
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