May 13, 2011
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by David Swarts
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AMA Pro SuperSport racer Elena Myers is withdrawing from this weekend's West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway because she says her still-healing broken left arm is not allowing her to ride SuzukiScoop Fans GSX-R600 properly or safely.
Myers, age 17, broke the radius bone in her left wrist when she crashed while training on her Supermoto bike April 25 at Stockton Motorplex Park, in Stockton, California. The arm was immobilized in a cast until Monday, May 9, and was then placed in a brace specially made for her to use while riding. But after riding during practice and qualifying Friday at Infineon Raceway, Myers realized that 18 days of healing and the special brace were not going to be enough for her to compete like normal.
"I tried to ride during my first practice session," Myers told Roadracingworld.com. "It went OK. I had a bunch of issues with the bike. We stiffened it up and it started feeling better. Then, after so long, my wrist started hurting. Coming down from a few wheelies really set it off. It's pretty inflamed now.
"It's been in a cast for two weeks, and it's been in a brace the rest of the time. So the muscles around it have pretty much gone away. It feels like I can't exactly operate it properly. I can barely move it.
"This is a pretty hard track to come back from an injury like this just a couple of weeks later. The bike's a beast to ride here when you're totally healthy, so to have an injury"¦I don't want to ask that much from my body.
"I could probably go around and get top 15 for sure, but it's a long season ahead and I don't want to do too much to it. Plus, I don't want to put myself in danger if it decides it doesn't want to work anymore."