Josh Hayes will be returning to the Yama AMA Superbike team in 2012 with the hopes of winning his third straight championship. Yamaha also announced that Josh Herrin will be joining Hayes on the Superbike squad, while Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff will suit up for the Daytona Sportbike class.
The 2011 AMA Superbike championship came down to the final race in 2011. Blake Young has proven himself to be a championship contender and Hayes knows that winning a third straight championship will be a challenge. But Hayes is ready for the fight.
“Three in a row will be a formidable challenge, but I’m up for it,” Hayes said. “And to have Josh Herrin right next to me in the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha pitbox is really something I’m looking forward to. I was often outnumbered on the track during last year’s races, so having Josh out there to push me – and me being there to push him – is going to be a lot of fun!”
Herrin, who was in the title fight throughout the 2011 Daytona Sportbike season, is looking forward to a new challenge in the premier class.
“I’m stoked to get to race the new 2012 R1. Josh Hayes and I have been teammates for a few years, and he’s been a tremendous help to me. Now, we’ll be out on the track together and in the same class. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate than Josh or a better bike to be on than the R1,” Herrin said. “This is the fulfillment of another dream for me. I don’t mean to rush the guys to get that beautiful Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 prepped and ready to go, but I can hardly wait to get to Daytona.”
Yamaha will certainly be fighting for the championship in the AMA Superbike class, and they could be doing the same in the Daytona Sportbike class. Cameron Beaubier had a great 2011 DSB season claiming sixth place overall. Garrett Gerloff is new to the AMA, but after his race winning debut at the final AMA Supersport race of the year last season, it’s clear that Gerloff has a bright future in front of him.