The 2013 AMA Pro Superbike has just wrapped up its season this past weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with Josh Hayes dominating the race and his teammate, Josh Herrin, finishing second to clinch his first AMA Superbike championship.
Not long after the checkered flag waved did Yamaha announce some big changes for the upcoming 2014 season. First and foremost, Herrin will be departing for Moto2 next year, fulfilling his desire to compete on the world stage. The team and structure have yet to be announced, but Herrin has confirmed that he will begin testing with the team in Malaysia in two weeks time.
Filling his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike seat is newly crowned AMA Daytona Sportbike champion Cameron Beaubier, who steps up to the Superbike class after a dominant performance in DSB en route to the 2013 title. He’ll be partnered up with Josh Hayes, who returns to the team for yet another year aboard the YZF-R1 Superbike. Wearing the number 4 for the first time in years, Hayes will be looking to regain the number 1 plate, but knows he’ll have some stiff competition. Although it’s still early days, 2014 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in AMA Superbike.