At the end of the Daytona 200, Dane Westby and Taylor Knapp took a nasty spill. The AMA said after the race that certain riders would be penalized for the crash, but they wanted to take time to review the tape to make sure they made the right call. The AMA has just announced that they have faulted Josh Herrin for the crash.
It appears that Herrin's elbow hit Westby's brake on the final lap of the Daytona 200, causing the crash between Westby and Knapp. The AMA has suspended Herrin for one event, and have placed him on probation until the end of this year. Herrin's team, Graves Yamaha, has also been fined $7,500.
Here is the press release from the AMA
"AMA Pro Racing announced today that penalties and an accompanying fine have been assessed against Josh Herrin and Graves Motorsports, respectively, as the result of actions during the March 12 Daytona 200, specifically those related to the rider's last-lap approach to start/finish. As per the AMA Pro Road Racing 2011 Rule Book, rules A1.1, A2.1, A2.3.p, and A2.3.u, the details of the penalties and fine are as follows:
- Rider penalty: One-event suspension, to be applied at Infineon Raceway Round 2, May 13-15
- Rider penalty: Season-long probation, in effect through December 31, 2011, the violation of which shall result in further and more-serious penalties
- Team penalty: $7,500 fine, the entire proceeds of which will be applied to the purchase of additional Airfence
Both rider and team were notified of the above details in advance of this release, and the penalties do not prevent them from taking part in the May 2-3 official AMA Pro test at Miller Motorsports Park.
AMA Pro Racing thanks all involved parties for their patience."
Josh Herrin finished 5th in the Daytona 200, earning 16 points. It does not appear that the AMA will try to take away Herrin's points.
Here's the video of the crash in question.