MotoGP »

Moto2 Q&A - Josh Herrin

"To be able to say I'm the only American in the series is really cool. I know I have a lot of people supporting me so I think it's more of a cool thing than something to feel pressured by" - Josh Herrin
2013 proved to be quite a year for Josh Herrin.

Few predicted that he would overcome team-mate Josh Hayes, 15 years his elder, in the AMA Superbike series at the start of the year but the 23-year old secured the championship with an assured second place at the final round at Laguna Seca.

His reward was a call up to Moto2 to compete in Tony Fernandes' new Caterham project. Herrin will compete alongside Frenchman Johann Zarco on a Suter chassis for 2014 and already has two successful tests with the team under his belt.

Crash.net spoke with Herrin about winning his first national championship after eight years of trying, carrying American hopes on the world stage and much more...

Crash.net:
So Josh, you're currently living in Georgia. Where did you originally grow up?

Josh Herrin:
I'm from California but my family moved to Georgia when I was 13. I enjoy it here because when we go out to the races we have fun, there's lots of stuff to do when we're on the road. We come back to Georgia when it's finished. It's a small town and everyone's really nice. There's no traffic and you can go to the movies without having to get a ticket the week before.

Crash.net:
Your dad was a fairly handy racer, is that how you got into it?

Josh Herrin:
Yeah, he raced out in California and did a few AMA races. He was always doing it on his own. He was quick enough to be a top-15 AMA Superbike rider back when Nicky Hayden and Ben Bostrom were in the class. He was into motorcycles and he got me into it. It's always been a family thing and we'd always go out to deserts on our dirt bikes together. When we realised that I liked riding we ended up buying some minibikes for me to ride and it started from there.

Crash.net:
You spent a lot of your childhood riding on asphalt? Were you ever a dirt tracker when you were younger?

Josh Herrin:
When I was four I got a PW50 and we took it out on the dirt a few times. Then when I turned five we went out to parking lots with cones. Here you have to be eight years old so when I was seven we lied that I was eight so we could ride on some tracks. I started racing then and I always raced on asphalt, I never raced a dirt bike or a flat track bike until I was 16.

I didn't really realise motorcycle racing was a big thing until I was twelve when we went to see my dad race in the AMA. I rode on the street because it was what my dad did and what the family did.

Crash.net:
I have to offer some belated congratulations on your recent AMA Championship. Now that you've had two months to reflect on it has it sunk in?

Josh Herrin:
Yeah. Winning the championship was really cool but to be honest I've been wanting to race in GPs since I was 14. So to get to go over there [Europe] was more of an accomplishment for me even though I've been trying to win the championship for a few years. That's what everyone dreams of more than winning in AMA.

Crash.net:


by Neil Morrison


Tagged as: Herrin

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Herrin, Moto2/3 tests, Jerez, November 2013
Herrin, German Moto2 Race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 Race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 Race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 Race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 Race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 race 2014
Herrin, Moto2 race, German MotoGP 2014
Herrin German Moto2 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 2014
Herrin, German Moto2 2014
Herrin, Moto2, German MotoGP 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


andrew2k

December 17, 2013 11:08 PM

Ever since Eslick failed to defend his AMA title the championship have all but dropped off my radar so I can't say I've been following Herrin career much. Anyhow its nice to see Herrin on the international scene and it couldn't have come at a better time given the retirement of Spies and the reduced roles of both Hayden and Edwards. Now I understand there have been some criticism of Herrin, but I'm willing to swallow the pill and rally behind him. Anyway great interview though.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.