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josh_herrinYesterday, the AMA announced that it had decided to penalize Josh Herrin for the final lap crash at the Daytona 200. The AMA said that Herrin caused the crash between Taylor Knapp and Dane Westby. For his actions, Herrin was suspended for one event and put on probation for the rest of the year. Herrin’s team, Graves Yamaha, was also fined for the crash.

Herrin posted this message on his Facebook page today, under the title, “Please Read.”

“Ever since I was a little kid racing mini bikes it has been my dream to become a professional racer. Five years ago, after years of hard work and dedication, I had the good fortune to achieve my goal of becoming a professional racer.

“For me as a racer, it’s incredibly disappointing when I don’t win, and sometimes in the heat of the moment at a race’s conclusion, make statements which are regrettable. That said; I would like to set the records straight and say that I did not intend to get caught up in the last lap incident that jeopardized my fellow racers Dane Westby and Taylor Knapp. I am sincerely thankful that Dane and Taylor did not sustain any serious injuries.

“For the record, I do not agree with the penalty that was assessed and with a clear conscience I can say that I am not guilty of what was said of my actions. I want to ensure my fans, my team, my sponsors, the AMA and my fellow riders that it has always been and will continue to be my goal to race as competitively as possible for the entertainment of everyone while staying within the AMA rules and not endangering anyone else on the track. I look forward to this matter reaching a fair resolution and participating in future AMA Pro Racing events. Thank you to everyone who has believed in me and continued to support me.

-Josh Herrin

Do you think the punishment fit the crime? You can read more about the Herrin’s penalty and see a video of the crash here.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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