Elena Myers, 16, becomes first woman to win AMA Pro race

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With more women hitting the road on their own bikes, female racing champions were the inevitable next step.

That’s part of the plan for Elena Myers, 16, who Saturday became the first female to win an AMA Pro Road Race in the 77 years the organization has sanctioned road racing.

"I'm in another world right now," she told the San Francisco Gate moments after winning the shortened SuperSport race in the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway. "I can't believe it."

"The race went really good for me and some people made mistakes, and I took advantage,” she said.

The Suzuki rider, who attended her high school prom two weeks ago and is about to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, started eighth in the grid of the scheduled 18-lap race for riders aged 16-21 on 600cc bikes.

With the help of a fourth place at Fontana (San Bernardino County), she entered the weekend in fourth place in points.

Tyler O'Hara of Petaluma, who finished third, called Myers' win "huge for the sport. I think Elena just broke the barrier as a woman on a motorcycle at the top level."

Posted by Holly Wagner