With the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam AMA Pro Road Racing event revving up its engines, three locals are feeling good about the races this weekend.
But even with their familiarity with Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Elena Myers downplayed the importance of a “home-track” advantage.
“Being here, being home, it’s going to be nice to go home Thursday night and be in my own bed and come back in the morning and just feel at home and have my friends and family to be here to support me all weekend,” she said during a media event in San Francisco on Wednesday. “I love [Infineon]. [With it] being my first win and it being my home track, [it] is a real special place for me to come to.”
The 18-year-old Myers, a Discovery Bay resident, is one of three highlighted Bay Area riders to go along with San Francisco native Jake Zemke and Petaluma High School graduate Ben Bostrom.
Myers became the first female to win an AMA Pro Road Race when she took the title at Infineon in 2010 and followed it up by becoming the first woman to win a professional motorsports event at Daytona International Speedway at the 2012 season opener.
The veteran Zemke made only one start last year, but has come back to the Sportsbike class after a two-year hiatus.
“The riders never have a chance to rest,” Zemke said of racing at Infineon. “I’ve ridden a number of different bikes around this race track and I don’t envy Ben this weekend because the Superbikes are a complete handful to ride around Infineon because you never have a chance to rest. You’re always busy, fighting the bike, trying to get it to go where you want it to go.”
He has twice won at Infineon in 2005 and 2008 with Formula Xtreme.
Bostrom has come in second several times at Infineon, which included 1999 when his second-place finish cost him a championship.
“I’ve been second here way too many times,” Bostrom said. “[The track] owes me.”
Bostrom enters the race with a heel injury that he sustained during practice at Road Atlanta last Saturday but he doesn’t expect to affect his performance.
“The track is really physical and that’s one thing I remember from last year,” Bostrom said. “The heel is going to be more of an issue just walking around the path than it will be on the bike.”
It is the third AMA race this season and first since early April.