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Jun 23, 2018

MotoAmerica: Josh Herrin Breaks Long-Time Lap Record, Wins Superpole At WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Josh Herrin (2). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Attack Performance/Herrin Compound Yamaha's Josh Herrin not only won the MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Superpole session Saturday morning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the Georgia resident broke a long-standing lap record.

Herrin's lap of 1:22.908 while using a rear Dunlop qualifying tire on his YZF-R1 not only topped the rest of the field by over 0.3 second it eclipsed Ben Spies' AMA Superbike lap record of 1:23.105, which he set way back in 2007.

Monster Energy/Yamalube Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier, who had been fastest in every session prior to Superpole, ended up second-best with his lap of 1:23.265.

Danny Eslick surprised many by doing a 1:23.824 on his Scheibe Racing BMW S1000RR and securing his front-row starting spot of the season and his team's first front-row starting spot ever.

Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden crashed in Turn 11 while riding on his first qualifying tire and was unable to get back on track and record a lap time. This will force the veteran to start both races from the 12th spot on the grid this weekend.

MotoAmerica Championship Of Monterey

MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, California

June 23, 2018

Motul Superbike Superpole Qualifying Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1), 1:22.908

2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 1:23.265

3. Danny Eslick (BMW S1000RR), 1:23.824

4. Toni Elias (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:24.085

5. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.115

6. Jake Lewis (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:24.155

7. Kyle Wyman (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.478

8. Mathew Scholtz (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.520

9. Cameron Petersen (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), 1:24.549

10. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R1), 1:25.059

11. David Anthony (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:25.214

12. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), crash, no lap time recorded