Josh Herrin Healthy, with Sights Set on Road America
NEWS April 22, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2013) – Josh Herrin needed all but one race in 2013 to claim his maiden AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike victory – in just his 19th outing in the class – during last month’s GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
After dominating the GoPro Daytona SportBike class for three consecutive seasons from 2009 through 2011, Herrin graduated to the premier ranks of National Guard SuperBike last season to join multi-time series champ Josh Hayes on the Graves Yamaha squad. Despite not earning that rare first-season victory, the Californian fully proved himself with a stellar debut effort on the No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha R1, racking up 14 Top 5 finishes in just 18 starts.
The 23-year-old certainly didn’t waste any time in 2013, as he bolted early in Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway and tightly tailed the hard-charging No. 1 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha R1 of Josh Hayes until the leading man’s machine expired with a mid-race mechanical. Taking the lead on Lap 4, the Californian shook the field and outlasted a surging Martin Cardenas to come away with the win.
“The excitement from winning the race at Daytona still hasn’t stopped,” Herrin said. “Every time I watch replays from the race and see my team and family celebrating I get goose bumps. It feels amazing but I know I still have a lot to prove in this elite class. I have not shown that I can beat Josh (Hayes) in a head-to-head fight to the finish. I also haven’t shown that I can lead a race and maintain my pace the entire time. However, I am confident in my abilities and look forward to competing at Road America.”
Following the Daytona round, Herrin took advantage of the short break between races to have reparative surgery for arm pump.
“The surgery went great,” Herrin said. “I was able to ride my Supermoto bike earlier this week and I felt way better than I did at Daytona. I have been going to the gym a lot and have been putting a lot of miles on my specialized bike. I know with time and the right rehabilitation everything will work itself out.”
After a second-place finish in Race 2, Herrin finds himself atop the National Guard SuperBike point standings heading into the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Elkhart, Wis.’s Road America, scheduled for May 31 – June 2.
A battle royale between Yamaha teammates is surely slated for the mid-summer run in the Midwest. Despite earning his 23rd career SuperBike pole last month, Hayes’ uncharacteristic weekend has left him eight points behind teammate Herrin’s 56 markers heading into Round 2.
For tickets and information about the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com.
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