The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) is fighting to keep things together in the United States. The AMA is losing young guns Like James (The Rocket) Rispoli for pastures new, which harms the U.S AMA Roadracing series. We are losing sponsors like the National Guard because of a basic decline in numbers.
Wider audiences and much more sponsorship available in Europe are a huge attraction for young riders and are a prime example of how we are going to lose our best racers to Europe and the bigger stage.
Second-year AMA Pro National Guard Superbike pilot Josh Herrin added the title of 2013 AMA Superbike champion to his growing resume following his second-place finish in the FIM World Superbike Championship on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Secain Monterey, CA.
Needing no worse than a Top 10 finish, Herrin left no doubt as he followed up his 2012 Rookie of the Year campaign by wresting the title away from three-time defending champion and fellow Graves Yamahateam member Josh Hayes. Herrin racked up more than 20 Top Five finishes in his two seasons riding Superbike, including four wins this season – at Daytona, Buckeye, Miller and New Jersey.
“I trained and prepared harder than I ever have this season, and I couldn’t have achieved this without the hard work and support of my team and sponsors, providing me a host of support and resources that were critical to my success,” Herrin said.
“Starting the season with a win in Daytona built some early-season confidence and I knew I had to continue to work hard throughout the season to get here. It’s a great feeling,” the 23-year-old from Dublin, Georgia added.
Hayesactually won the 23-lap race with a comfortable gap of 13.434 seconds thanks to a time 32:56.782. It was his eighth victory of the season but even that number of wins wasn’t enough to overcome Herrin’s season-long consistency.
While racing for Graves Yamaha, Herrin has worn Bell Powersports helmets each of the last two seasons. Shortly after securing the title, Herrin announced he would move to Moto2 in 2014, setting his sights on the ultimate goal of racing MotoGP.
“We’re extremely proud of Josh,” said Pat Houlihan, Sports Marketing Manager of Bell Powersports. “He’s a passionate rider and work his tail off all season long. Josh is the epitome of what Bell stands for, and we look forward to seeing great things from him in Moto2.”
Herrin wore a BellStar Carbon with a Transitions Shield during his rookie campaign. This year Bell outfitted Herrin with a one-of-a-kind custom fit Star Carbon. By using digital mapping and a proprietary 3D-imaging program, Bell has created the industry’s first custom-mold process.
This season Herrinwore a helmet contoured to the precise physical shape of his head while providing a fit and protection like no other product available. The custom-fit helmet has been in development for approximately five years.
“At the level Herrin rides on the track, going 200 mph, the custom-fit maximizes stability, comfort and essentially makes the helmet disappear,” said Chris Pietrzak, Bell’s Advanced Concepts Director.
1. Josh Hayes, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha 2. Josh Herrin, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha 3. Larry Pegram, Pegram Racing 4. Cory West, Motosport.com/EBR II 5. Aaron Yates, Team AMSOIL/Hero 6. Taylor Knapp, KTM/HMC Racing 7. Chris Fillmore, KTM/HMC Racing 8. David Anthony, Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing 9. Trent Gibson, Seven Sports10. Kevin Pinkstaff, Zlock Racing 2
1. Josh Herrin, 345 2. Josh Hayes, 330 3. Martin Cardenas, 297 4. Roger Hayden, 228 5. Denny Eslick, 213 6. Larry Pegram, 190 7. Chris Filmore, 183 8. Aaron Yates, 162 9. Geoff May, 161 10. David Anthony, 159
AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young got an early birthday present when he was selected by the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team to replace the injured Leon Camier for the upcoming eni FIM Superbike World Championship round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA September 27-29.
Cameron Beaubier extended his season for the ages Sept. 14-15, winning both races in The New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park to clinch the 2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Series championship for the first time.
Beaubier's dream season left all others with the harsh reality they were battling for second place at every stop along the way. In winning a class record 11 of 12 starts this season to supplant acknowledged class icon Martin Cardenas, Beaubier also locked up Yamaha's first championship since the SportBike class came into existence in 2009.
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