Rider Spotlight: Josh Herrin

NEWS March 8, 2012

Rider Spotlight: Josh Herrin

Photo Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor

AMAP: Where are you from?
JH: I’m originally from the West Coast. I was born and raised in Glendale, CA, but now, I live in Dublin, GA.

AMAP: What was your first motorcycle?
JH: I got my first bike, which was a Yamaha PW50, for Christmas in 1994.

AMAP: How did you get into motorcycle riding?
JH: My dad was a fast racer, so I grew up at the racetrack. Motorcycle racing has been in my blood right from the start.

AMAP: For 2012, you’ll be contending for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship. Tell us some of the biggest things you’ve noticed going from your Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 to the 2012 YZF-R1.
JH: The biggest difference between the R1 and the R6 is the power. At Daytona in the R6, you do about 175 mph around the banking. On the R1, you’re hitting somewhere around 205 mph. My favorite thing about the R1 is the sound of that sweet crossplane-crankshaft engine. There’s nothing else like it!

AMAP: Out of all the motorcycles you’ve ridden, what’s your favorite?
JH: Believe it or not, it’s actually a toss-up between the 1975 Yamaha MX250B and the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1. Obviously, the R1 is a little faster and more developed, but the 250B is such a fun bike. I’m actually in the market for one right now.

AMAP: The DAYTONA® 200 weekend is right around the corner. Tell us how it felt to win the Daytona 200 back in 2010.
JH: Winning the Daytona 200 has definitely been my greatest accomplishment so far. Every time I come to Daytona, that’s all I can think about. It was such an honor to have my name added to the list of great riders in our sport who have won the race.

AMAP: How is it having AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes as your teammate?
JH: Josh Hayes is a great teammate. I’m very lucky that Yamaha gave me the opportunity to work with him. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help him with some things once I am more adjusted to the bike. I hope we have great success together this year.

AMAP: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, the competition, or the speed?
JH: There are a lot of things that draw me to the sport, but I would have to say the coolest thing about it is the thrill. As Marco Simoncelli once said, "You live more in five minutes of going fast on a bike than other people do in a lifetime."

AMAP: What are your expectations going into 2012 with the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1?
JH: I’m expecting to be a contender for wins. That’s why Yamaha put me on the bike, and that’s what I intend to do. I want to be out front.

AMAP: Who are your racing heroes?
JH: My racing heroes are Nicky Hayden and my Dad. Nicky because he has a great, “give-it-your-all” racing attitude. My Dad because he taught me everything I know.

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