Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing put both bikes on the podium at Pittsburgh Motorsports Race Complex as Toni Elias claimed victory on Sunday and teammate Josh Herrin finished third.
The win for Elias, his seventh of the season, means that the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion now enjoys a 35-point lead with just two race weekends and four races remaining on the 2019 calendar. Now with 32 career wins, Elias has moved into joint forth position with Miguel Duhamel on the all-time MotoAmerica/ AMA Superbike wins list.
Both Elias and Herrin rallied on Sunday after having less success in Saturday’s race. Elias finished third Saturday, seeing his series point lead temporarily drop to 30, before turning in his winning ride on Sunday. Herrin crashed on the first lap in Saturday’s race, but then picked up his bike and charged back to a seventh-place finish, in spite of bent controls.
Elias was excited about his double podium weekend: “This is one of the most difficult tracks for our bike, but in the end I was there to fight. We made some changes that worked well in the warm-up, but not so well in the race. In the beginning I was not comfortable, riders were passing me, but I kept calm and things started working better as the race went on and I started passing some riders. In the end I was fighting with my biggest rival, he made a mistake and I won.
“So, this is perfect - we leave a difficult track for us with a 35-point advantage. There is still a lot of racing left in this championship and everybody is strong, but every weekend we are getting closer to the end, so we will keep fighting.”
For Herrin, Sunday was his fourth rostrum result of the year. He said the key was actually de-tuning his GSX-R1000...
“The guys did a lot of work to get the bike ready for the race and Sunday we backed-off the power a bit, because the bike was just too powerful for this track. With the power tamed down, it worked really well. I’m happy Toni won, and we were both able to be on the podium. I’m looking forward to New Jersey coming up. I’d like to win some more races and maybe be in a position to help Toni win the championship."
Yoshimura Suzuki and MotoAmerica will next be in action in two weeks for the penultimate round, September 7-8, at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.