DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Motorsports’ Josh Herrin held off fellow Yamaha rider Dane Westby to win the 69th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike event on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
The 19-year-old rider from Dublin, Ga., received plenty of pressure from the hard-charging Westby, who was riding for Project 1 Atlanta, in the closing laps of the 57-lap event but was able to pull away for a 7.964-second victory.
“I just kept putting in the laps and trying to push as hard as I could just to keep (Westby) back and make it as easy as possible at the end and it all paid off,” said Herrin, who finished second in last year’s Daytona 200 to Ben Bostrom.
“This shows what you can do with a good bike,” Westby said. “I saw the gap open and close. I thought maybe I had but didn’t want to do something stupid and throw away second.”
For Yamaha, it was the manufacturer’s second straight victory in the Daytona 200 and its 20th overall in America’s most historic motorcycle race.
Steve Rapp, the 2007 Daytona 200 champion, rounded out the podium on a Ducati.
Next up for Daytona 200 Week is the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP