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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Elias Wins Elkhart Lake, Expands MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead

Cycle News Staff | June 5, 2017

Chino, CA (June 5, 2017) – Toni Elias took a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Race 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Teammate Roger Hayden, who earned Superpole on Saturday, finished second in Sunday’s race putting the 2017 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in first and second at the checkered flag.

It marked the third time this season that Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has finished 1-2.

Elias’ win was a series leading fourth of the season and expanded his lead in the series standings to 14 points (160-146) over Cameron Beaubier after eight races. Hayden is a close third with 140 points.

For Elias, the win was especially memorable since his mom and dad came over from Spain to watch their first MotoAmerica event in person.
On Saturday Hayden won Superpole for the second time this season, turning in a time of 2:12.864. The four-mile, 14-turn road course puts a premium on power and top speed and the new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 came through with flying colors in its first run at one of the premier road racing circuits in the country.

“Road America is usually not my strongest track,” Hayden admitted. “but the team gave me a great bike in qualifying and I was able to put it on the pole.”

Hayden was strong and sprinted to an early lead and led the most laps in Saturday’s race, but ultimately finished the day in a close third, just 0.153 seconds out of the lead.

Elias again made a great charge from 10th on the grid to finish second. He pulled up in the draft on the final straight, but came up short by just 5-1000ths of a second, marking one the closest finishes in series history.

Sunday’s race ran under sunny and warm conditions drawing a big crowd to the classic Wisconsin circuit. Hayden and Elias once again put their Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbikes up front and swapped the lead numerous times. The race was red flagged with two laps to go due to a competitor’s bike spilling oil going into the first turn.

Elias was leading at the time, giving him the victory.

“It’s not the way we like to win,” Elias said afterwards, “but I am grateful for the victory and to build our points lead. Roger was very strong today and we had a good race and were trying to break away. It was wonderful to have my family here from Spain this weekend. I want to dedicate my win to Nicky Hayden and the entire Hayden family.”

The series next moves to the Utah Motorsports Complex in Tooele, Utah, for the Championship of Utah on June 23-25.
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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.

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Dante Oliveria was flying in the Pro2 Lites division.

In Pro 2 Lites, RPM/KTM’s Dante Oliveria won his fourth consecutive race. Austin Serpa and Clayton Hengeveld rounded out the podium.

Oliveria nabbed the holeshot and was never seriously challenged, but his race was nearly over before it started.

“Maxxis saved the day,” said Oliveria. “I noticed I had a tire Mousse [inner tube] issue while going to the starting line and they took my tire off and changed it.”

Serpa challenged Oliveria but faded late in the tough test. “I thought I had the holeshot, but Dante jumped in front of me,” said Serpa. “He put some time on me. I was slowly getting some of that time back, but, at the end, I was really looking for the checkers. It was a tough race.”

Brandy Richards topped Saturday’s Women’s Pro first moto.

After a double-header weekend of racing at the Crazy Horse Campground for the WORCS Pro Women racers, Tatum Sik maintained her points lead after scoring two podium finishes. Brandy Richards won Saturday’s race and sits second in points. Tarah Gieger, Britney Gallegos and Lauren Woods round out the top five.

Sik shook off a shoulder injury after falling in practice to finish third in Saturday’s race and second Sunday. She currently holds a 14-point lead over Richards in the Championship.

“I went down hard,” said Sik. “I’m just glad to be on the podium. I wasn’t even sure I could ride, so to be able to ride that well, I’m stoked. It’s been a rough season. I had a great round at Taft and I’ve been struggling ever since. I had a huge crash at Primm, one at South Point and now one at Havasu. It’s been pretty tough, but I’ve managed to be on the podium every round.”

Interestingly, she’s racing an eight-year old Suzuki RM-Z250 given to her by Travis Pastrana. “After my get off at Primm, we had to completely rebuild the bike,” said Sik. “I went to test it at Glen Helen the day before the next race, and the crank broke. I had an old bike that Pastrana gave me seven years ago, so that’s what I raced.”

Brandy Richards, who is from Lake Havasu, is a 15-year veteran and in her third year as a WORCS Pro. Given that she’s only 19 that means she’s been racing since she was four! Richards won Saturday’s race, marking her third consecutive victory, but she had a hard crash in Sunday’s event, which ended her win streak while leading. She ended up fourth and is second in points despite missing the first round with a knee injury.

“I love the tracks and the atmosphere here in WORCS, and winning in your hometown is the best feeling,” said Richards. “In the second race, I was trying to pass a lapper, caught a soft spot on a berm and went over the bars hard. I’m really sore. I’m pretty disappointed, but I hope that I can come back better.”

Tara Geiger won the Women’s Pro race on Sunday. It was her first win in WORCS.

Geiger won her first ever WORCS Pro Women’s race Sunday. She battled with Sik in both races, bringing back memories of racing her in motocross. She is in her first full season of WORCS competition.

“Tatum and I had some fun battles,” said Geiger of her victory. “I got past her early, and then let off a little too much and she passed me. She stalled at the finish line about halfway through and I took the lead for good there. It was a fun race. The track was getting really rough and the lappers were tough for the last 15 minutes, so it was about being smart and not make a silly mistake. She passed me in the lake section. It was kind of refreshing, actually.”

Brittany Gallegos put together a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, but a hard get off resulted in a DNF on Sunday.

“It happens to the best of us. We’ll take it for what it is and move on,” said Gallegos of her crash. “I went to hit one of the tables, hit a square edge and went right over the bars. I kept running, but the bike caught up to me and took me out. My leg is hurt pretty bad and my knee is pretty torn up, but we’ll have to see.”



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  3. Travis Coy (KTM)
  4. Robby Bell (Kaw)
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  6. Blayne Thompson (Yam)
  7. Justin Seeds (Kaw)
  8. Colton Udall
  9. Mark Samuels
  10. Dalton Shirey (Hus)


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  3. Cody Schafer (Kaw)
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  5. Travis Damon (Hon)


  1. Dante Oliveira (KTM)
  2. Austin Serpa (KTM)
  3. Clayton Hengeveld (Kaw)
  4. Mason Ottersberg (Hus)
  5. Preston Campbell (Hon)


  1. Tarah Gieger (Hon)
  2. Tatum Sik (Hon)
  3. Mica Diaz (Suz)
  4. Brandy Richards (KTM)

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