Josh Herrin Signs With Graves Yamaha Through 2012

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of

ama_dsb_herrin A few short weeks after the AMA Dayton Sportbike season came to a close, Josh Herrin and his Graves Yamaha team have agreed to continue their relationship through the 2012 season.Herrin had a successful 2010 season, and was in the title hunt up until the final checkered flag flew. Herrin captured 5 wins during the 2010 season, and finished third in the overall standings.

“Josh is a tremendous talent and during his four years with us his results have just continued to get better and better,” said Keith McCarty “It’s unfortunate that he just missed the Championship this year but that extra experience will only work in his favor and we’re delighted to have him back on the team.”

Herrin has been apart of the Graves Yamaha team for the past four seasons. Herrin finished 2nd in the overall standings in 2009, 3rd this year, and has his sights set on the top of the podium for 2011.

“I am very excited to have signed another 2 years with Yamaha and Graves Motorsports” said Josh. “It’s my goal to win the Daytona Sportbike Championship and after coming so close two years in a row I am more determined than ever. I would like to thank Keith McCarty and everyone at Yamaha as well as Chuck Graves for believing in me and giving me another shot at the title. My Yamaha R6 is a proven winner and I know it will help me tremendously in my fight. I am looking forward to returning to Daytona next spring to defend my win there and begin the 2011 season.”

Herrin Happy to Return to VIR

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ama_joshherrin If there was a track that would ensure that Josh Herrin would extend his lead, the Virginia International Raceway would be it. Herrin won both races at VIR last year in convincing fashion, and he is going into this weekend the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike points leader. Herrin will be out to double his double last year, and finally take a firm hold on the Daytona Sportbike title.

“It is like a couple of our tracks where you have to be aggressive to make passes and I like that type of race track,” said Eslick. “The track has a nice rhythm to it and that suits me just fine.”

Herrin, who has four wins, will have some tough competition at VIR. Danny Eslick has two wins so far this season, and Marin Cardenas has racked up six wins this seasons. Cardenas also has two DNF’s. If Cardenas can keep his bick on the track, he could be bringing him win number 7 and 8 this weekend. Cardenas is currently just 12 points behind Herrin.

But the top three have not separated themselves from the pack just yet. Steve Rapp is only 37 points behind Cardenas, and with plenty of racing left this season, he could find his way to the podium. Bobby Fong has also been consistent in the Daytona Sportbike division, and it shouldn’t be surprising to see him near the top this weekend.