After sewing up the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin is now headed to greener pastures, as the 23-year-old will make the trek across the pond, and join the Moto2 Championship for the 2014 season.
Announcing the move at the AMA awards banquet, Herrin was tight-lipped on who he would be racing for, but Asphalt & Rubber sources have confirmed that the American will be racing with Caterham Racing for the next two seasons. Replacing Herrin at Monster Energy Graves Yamaha is Cameron Beaubier, who will be Yamaha’s investment in the future, as he races alongside Josh Hayes.
Hotly tipped to be leaving the American superbike series since last month, Herrin was originally linked with a ride in the MarcVDS camp. Talks however fell through when MarcVDS reportedly required Herrin to bring sponsorship money with him to the Moto2 series, something the young American rider could not guarantee.
A bit of gamble itself, but flush with cash, Caterham Racing picked up where MarcVDS left off, helping the young American champion move out of the AMA Pro Racing series, where hopefully his career can continue to grow.
Herrin is the first rider to make the jump from the AMA to the Moto2 Championship, and if successful, the Californian could pave the way for other talented American road racers who are being left by the wayside in their national championship.
We wish Josh the best of luck in his move, and look forward to seeing him in the Grand Prix paddock.
Note: Previously, this article incorrectly mentioned Mahindra Racing as Herrin’s new team in the Moto2 Championship. It has since been corrected.