Suzuki Motor USA and Team Hammer celebrated a landmark victory as the 2022 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing season resumed on Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The celebration came courtesy of rising star Tyler Scott, who demonstrated both wisdom beyond his years, and a flair for the dramatic in a perfectly-executed MotoAmerica Supersport contest.
Even before the race, the 16-year-old made his intentions clear by hustling the Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750 to his and the bike’s first-ever Supersport pole position in just their third attempt.
Scott made the most of that prime starting position by rocketing out in the lead at the start. However, once he saw it would be impossible to escape at the front, he made the decision to slot into second position, go to school on a vastly more experienced rider; and then strike at the last possible moment.
He played his cards perfectly, pulling out of the draft in the final sprint to the chequered flag at the last possible moment, sling-shotting to a 0.039-second margin of victory.
Scott said: “I tried to break away in the first couple of laps, but I saw there wasn’t a possibility of that so I decided to follow and learn what I could before attempting to draft him to the finish line.