Toni Elias overcame an early setback and rallied to win the second race of the Championship of New Jersey MotoAmerica race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville on Sunday.
Elias was hit on the foot by a piece of debris on the first of the race’s 23 laps. He regrouped to take the lead on the first turn of the final lap, running leader Roger Hayden off the course.
Kyle Wyman finished second, while Elias’ Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Hayden recovered to finish third.
It was Elias’ 10th Motul Superbike victory of the season and the 16th of his career, tying him for eighth on the all-time AMA Superbike win list.
“Something hit my foot,” Elias said in a release. “Some part from some bike, I don’t know what was there, but it hit hard and was painful. That made me lose a lot of concentration.”
Elias was able to rally partly because he was racing one day after clinching the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike championship with a victory in the weekend’s first race.
“The bike was better for me,” Elias said. “I hope to continue like this until the end of the season. That is my goal. Today, I felt I was able to ride more free, less pressure on my shoulders (with the title clinched). It was nice to be able to win like this.”
Elias leads Hayden by 93 points heading into the season finale next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.