JOSH HERRIN WINS 2013 AMA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 2ND PLACE FINISH AT LAGUNA SECA
Bell Road Racer Answers 2012 Rookie of the Year Campaign By Securing First Superbike Championship
Herrin Announces Move to Moto2 In the Wake of First Championship
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA, September 30, 2013 – 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 XX-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.
“We’re extremely proud of Josh,” said Pat Houlihan, Sports Marketing Manager, Bell Powersports. “He’s a passionate rider and worked 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.”
Last year, during his rookie season riding Superbike, Herrin wore a Bell Star Carbon with a Transitions Shield. This season, Bell raised the bar by outfitting Herrin with a one-of-a-kind custom-fit Star Carbon. Through a high-tech process of digital mapping, and the use of a proprietary 3D-imaging program, Bell created an industry-first, custom-mold process for the Star Carbon. Through this process, Bell provided Herrin with a helmet that is formed to the exact physical shape of his head. The result is a fit like no other helmet available.
“About five years ago we were talking about making a custom-fit helmet for our athletes to maximize performance,” said Chris Pietrzak, Advanced Concepts Director, Bell Powersports. “At the level Herrin rides on the track, going 200 mph, the custom-fit maximizes stability, comfort and essentially makes the helmet disappear.”
During FIM World Superbike race weekend at Laguna Seca, Bell extended their exclusive custom-fit Star Carbon to 25 race-goers. Just like Herrin, the group went through the unique head-scanning process and received professional care to fit them with a new one-of-a-kind custom-fit Bell Star Carbon, a helmet typically unavailable to the public.
For more information on Bell Helmets and the stock Star Carbon with Transitions Shield, visit www.BellHelmets.com.
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