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AMA Congratulates 2017 MotoAmerica Series Champions

| 20 October 2017 6:43 pm

MotoAmerica Championship Series

Courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
PICKERINGTON, OH, OCT. 18, 2017

Toni Elias celebrates his 2017 AMA Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 9.

Toni Elias celebrates his 2017 AMA Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 9.

The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize and congratulate the 2017 AMA Superbike Champion: Toni Elias of Spain. Elias wrapped up the AMA Superbike Championship at the penultimate round of the MotoAmerica Championship Series in Millville, New Jersey, on September 9.

“Toni is an incredibly skilled and accomplished racer, and we were honored to have him as a competitor in the AMA Superbike Championship this season,” said AMA track racing manager Ken Saillant. “The AMA is pleased to congratulate him on his championship win, and we are eager to see him defend his title in 2018.”

MotoAmerica is the home of the AMA Superbike Championship, as well as the FIM North America road-racing championship. In addition to Elias, Mathew Scholtz won the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, Garrett Gerloff won the Supersport class, Jason Aguilar won the Superstock 600 class, and Benjamin Smith won the KTM RC Cup class.

Elias became the 21st racer to win the AMA Superbike Championship. He finished no lower than second place throughout the series, with the exception of one race in which he crashed.

“It feels very good to have won the championship,” Elias said. “I am very happy, and it was such a nice thing to have this opportunity.”

While contemplating retirement in the 2017 off season, Elias received a call from Suzuki to compete as part of the Yoshimura Suzuki team. His efforts gave the brand its 192nd win and first AMA Superbike Championship since 2009.

“I just want to thank Suzuki, Yoshimura, my team, my family and, of course, my fans,” Elias said. “This was such a good choice to come here – perfect, actually. I’m so grateful for everything that has happened this year.”

2017 MotoAmerica Series Results

MOTUL AMA SUPERBIKE: 1. Toni Elias; 2. Roger Hayden; 3. Cameron Beaubier.

BAZZAZ SUPERSTOCK 1000: 1. Mathew Scholtz; 2. Jake Lewis; 3. Bobby Fong.

SUPERSPORT: 1. Garrett Gerloff; 2. J.D. Beach; 3. Valentin Debise.

SUPERSTOCK 600: 1. Jason Aguilar; 2. Michael Gilbert; 3. Nick McFadden.

KTM RC CUP: 1. Benjamin Smith; 2. Cory Ventura; 3. Alex Dumas.

About the American Motorcyclist AssociationAMA Logo 200 0001
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit, member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling-rights and event-sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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