Herrin Suspended And Put On Probation, Graves Motorsports Fined

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 21, 2011) – 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.

Here is the video of the incident:

Unless someone has information that Josh Herrin hit Dane Westby’s brake lever on purpose I think the penalties and fine are too extreme. Racers bump into each other all the time. “Rubbin’ is Racin'” so they say. This is just one of those f**ked up instances that a bump goes wrong. I would agree to the season-long probation for rough riding. He did bump Westby twice. You could argue the $7,500 fine. The one-event suspension is going too far. That destroys Herrin’s season. The AMA/DMG screw up all the time and it’s no big deal. A rider makes a mistake and they come down hard. If we fined the AMA/DMG for all of their mistakes…well they don’t have that much money.

Crashes caused by hitting brake levers are all too common. I’m surprised that we are not required to have Bark Busters on our bars.

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One Response to Herrin Suspended And Put On Probation, Graves Motorsports Fined

  1. JOE JOE says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The suspension of TWO races is way over the top. What really makes me sick is watching the end of the year race last season and Eslick watches Herrin as he pushes him off the track, then in the post race interview curses on national television but no fine no probation and no suspension. Oh but he races for a certain sponsor that has a stronghold on the series I’m not saying there something going on there but I mean the information is on the wall.

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