The AMA has levied a stiff penalty to Daytona SportBike competitor Josh Herrin. The Graves Yamaha rider has been suspended for the upcoming Round 2 at Infineon Raceway, with team assessed a $7500 fine. The potentially championship-killing penalty was issued in response to Herrin’s actions in the final-lap dash to the checkered flag at the Daytona 200 season opener. Herrin came into contact with M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby, brushing the latter’s brake lever which caused a high-speed crash that took out a following rider, Taylor Knapp. The incident brought out the red flag. – MCUSA Ed
The AMA has announced a one-event suspension and fine for Josh Herrin (8) and Graves Yamaha for actions during the last-lap crash in the Daytona 200.
Press Release Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing announced today that penalties and an accompanying fine have been assessed against Josh Herrin and Graves Motorsports, respectively, as the result of actions during the March 12 Daytona 200, specifically those related to the rider's last-lap approach to start/finish. As per the AMA Pro Road Racing 2011 Rule Book, rules A1.1, A2.1, A2.3.p, and A2.3.u, the details of the penalties and fine are as follows:
• Rider penalty: One-event suspension, to be applied at Infineon Raceway Round 2, May 13-15
• Rider penalty: Season-long probation, in effect through December 31, 2011, the violation of which shall result in further and more-serious penalties
• Team penalty: $7,500 fine, the entire proceeds of which will be applied to the purchase of additional Airfence
Both rider and team were notified of the above details in advance of this release, and the penalties do not prevent them from taking part in the May 2-3 official AMA Pro test at Miller Motorsports Park.
AMA Pro Racing thanks all involved parties for their patience. A copy of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing rulebook can be downloaded at http://amaproracing.com/assets/AMAPro-RR-2011-Rulebook.pdf