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Toni Elias Takes Victory at MotoAmerica Opener






Toni Elias came out swinging at the season opener of the MotoAmerica series at Road Atlanta. 
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Elias Shines In Road Atlanta Opener

JD Beach Wins A Supersport Thriller
BRASELTON, GA (April 14, 2018) ? Yoshimura Suzuki?s defending MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Champion Toni Elias started the 2018 MotoAmerica season with a bang today in the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta, the Spaniard riding to a 5.123-second victory to begin his title defense.
The win comes on the heels of Elias? 10-win 2017 season that earned him his first Superbike title. Elias won both races in last year?s series opener at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and he will try to emulate that fast start tomorrow in race two at Road Atlanta.
Elias led the Motul Superbike race from the beginning, was hounded from behind by Yamalube/Westby Racing?s Mathew Scholtz early on, but eventually pulled away to win the 17th Superbike race of his career on a partially sunny day at Road Atlanta by a tad over five seconds.
?My board showed me that Mathew (Scholtz) was only point one to point two (of a second behind), but I did not know what was behind us,? Elias said. ?I turned back and saw the group that was two seconds behind, and I thought that was the time to continue pushing to the end. My surprise was when Mathew passed me. He was doing a good job. At that moment, I thought, ?Man, this is not good.? My pace was good. It was time to push, and I was doing that all the time, so at the end it was perfect.? Scholtz, who had a brief moment at the front when he passed Elias on the fifth lap, ended up an impressive second in his Superbike debut.
?For the first proper race in Superbike, it was really nice to be battling up front with Toni (Elias), the defending champion,? Scholtz said. ?I learned quite a few things today. I kind of knew from the practice sessions that I could run the pace, but I thought around mid-race that we?d start going a little slower. That didn?t happen until, maybe lap 14 or 15, which was quite a surprise. All in all, I?m very, very happy. I finished quite a few seconds behind Toni, which, being right there until the last couple of laps was good, but being there at the end is something that we need to work on. The Yamalube/Westby Racing team gave me a brilliant bike. Congratulations to Toni.?
Third place went to another Superbike rookie, Garrett Gerloff. Gerloff and his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing was 12.9 seconds behind Elias at the finish, but some 10.5 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Bobby Fong on the Quicksilver/LEXIN/Hudson Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R1.
?I was a little nervous, but I thought I had a good pace today,? Gerloff said. ?We?ve done a lot of testing, so I?m comfortable on the Superbike. It took a couple of laps to get loosened up and everything. And, with Cameron (Beaubier) crashing out on the first lap and Roger (Hayden) crashing right after that, it sucked to see that, but it gave me a little bit of breathing roo...
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