July 18, 2017
Enduring a season thus far full of ups and downs, HelmetSounds.Com/ Western Service Contract/ Meen Yamaha rider Josh Herrin captured a third place Superbike podium finish at the sixth round of the 2017 MotoAmerica series at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.
Herrin kicked-off the weekend qualifying fourth in Superpole on his Yamaha R1. In race one, Herrin pushed with the leaders in the opening laps, working his way into running a solid fifth. Unfortunately, the Meen R1 had a mechanical issue. After pulling into the pits for a quick inspection, Herrin was sent back out one lap down in 18th place and finished the race 11th overall. In race two, Herrin once again made some big moves during the starting laps. Having had some setup changes in Sunday morning practice that made the overall grip better onboard his R1 Superbike, Herrin was notably able to make better passes. Clocking the fastest race lap of the weekend, Herrin finished third and achieved his first podium this season.
“Laguna was great as always! We had a good qualifying, which helped us stay ahead of the superstock bikes at the start of both races. On Saturday, we had a little bit of bad luck that caused us to pit in, but we were still able to get some valuable points. In race two, my quick shifter quit working on the third lap, causing me to lose some time. Yet I was able to adapt quickly for I’ve been riding my R1S, without a quick shifter, at a lot of track days. I am very happy with our first Superbike podium, and I’m looking forward to the next race in August at Sonoma Raceway. I know my team is working very hard during our four week break to make sure the bike is 100% when I get on the track. See you in Sonoma!” says Josh Herrin.
This is the first ever Superbike podium for the privateer Meen Motorsports team, currently in its inaugural year in the premier class. The team’s first efforts began in 2012 fielding riders in the 600 class and then continued growing its program every year with impressive results. The Meen Team’s most notable achievements include its 2015 MotoAmerica 600 Superstock Championship with rider Joe Roberts and last seasons 2016 MotoAmerica 1000 Superstock Championship with Herrin.
“It can’t tell you how happy I am to get on the Superbike podium. It feels like we had a big weight lifted off our shoulders and can now focus on improving our overall package. The team knew from the start that the Superbike class was going to be a big challenge and this season has definitely been the Meen Team’s hardest to date. Despite the highs and lows, racing in the Superbike class has been a dream of mine ever since I started on this racing journey, so I am loving every minute of it. I want to thank my sponsors for their continued support, my entire crew for their endless hard work, and especially Josh Herrin for never giving up and always pushing forward through anything that comes our way,” comments Ameen Sajjadi Meen Motorsports team owner.
Catch the Meen Team next at round six of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, August 11th-13th.
Meen Motorsports would like to thank their following sponsors, HelmetSounds.Com, Western Service Contract fueled by McGraw Powersports, Quicksilver Products, RiderzLaw, Attack Performance, Moto-D, TechSpec, Core Moto, Galespeed, ZeroGravity, Speedcell, FT ECU, EK Chains, and Vortex.