In his second year riding AMA Pro National Guard Superbike, Bell road racer Josh Herrin edges out three-time defending champion and fellow Graves Yamaha team member Josh Hayes to capture his first-ever Superbike Championship.
Needing a top-10 finish heading into the FIM World Superbike Championship at MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca, Herrin’s 2nd-place finish capped off his sophomore season with his first-ever title. It’s no secret that Herrin’s primary obstacle has come in the form of his Graves Yamaha teammate and reining Champion, Josh Hayes, creating one of road racing’s more intriguing stories as Herrin takes over the #1 plate held tightly by his teammate for the past three years.
“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,” said Herrin. “Starting the season with a win in Daytona built some early season confidence for myself. There are some amazing riders out there, and Hayes is extremely fast – I knew I had to continue to work hard throughout the season to get here. It’s a great feeling.”
Following the FIM World Superbike Championship, Herrin announced he will move to Moto2 in 2014, with the ultimate goal of racing MotoGP. In two seasons of riding Superbike, Herrin racked up more than 20 top-5 finishes – earning the 2012 Rookie of the Year award and taking home the 2013 title.
Occupying the top of the podium in four of this year’s races, including Daytona, Buckeye, Miller and New Jersey, Herrin gave himself a comfortable lead heading into the season finale and will work for similar success with the jump up to Moto2.