Josh Herrin, The Making of a Hero’s Story

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In literature there are basic themes that stories follow, and commonly used literary devices that authors build their stories upon – one of which is called the “hero’s journey”.

In stories that follow a monomyth or hero’s journey format, a hero with superhuman strength falls from grace and is sent upon a great task to earn their redemption.

The story then follows their trials and tribulations, which forge and transform the hero into something stronger than what they once were, before the hero then returns home and accomplishes more than he or she was capable at the beginning of the tale.

There can perhaps be no matter telling of this story in the motorcycle racing community than Josh Herrin.

Twice a Top 3 finisher in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship standings, and a Daytona 200 winner, Josh’s career in AMA Pro Racing hit its zenith during the 2013 season, when he won the AMA Pro Superbike Championship with Monster Energy Graves Yamaha.

Transferring that momentum into a ride on the world stage, Josh packed his bags for the Moto2 Championship for the 2014 season. With a series of poor results, Josh was replaced before the Moto2 season was even over.

Looking to race once again on American soil, Josh had difficulty finding a ride for the 2015 season, settling for a slot in the new MotoAmerican Supersport Championship.

For the 2016 season, he made the next step up for his racing program, winning the MotoAmerican Superstock Championship with McGraw Powersports/Meen Yamaha quite handily.

Josh’s hero’s journey, and thus his redemption, is nearly complete, with the 2017 season likely to see Josh returning to the Superbike starting grid. Keep an eye on him next season – we certainly will be.

Source: Josh Herrin (YouTube)

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.