Our previous chapter about the Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha Superbike team detailed the Herculean efforts that team owner and crew chief Richard Stanboli was making to build a Superbike on an extremely compressed timeline, with the plan that rider Josh Herrin would test the brand-new YZF-R1 for the very first time in Friday morning’s MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Qualifying Practice 1 at Road Atlanta.
Unfortunately, however, on Stanboli’s cross-country trip from his shop in Southern California to the track in Georgia, the plan changed. Inexplicably, the tractor portion of Stanboli’s trusty transporter rig suffered a mechanical issue close to Shreveport, Louisiana, which stranded him, the rig, the Superbike, and all of the team’s accoutrements on the side of the highway. And, due to where the transporter broke down, the resources available in the area, and other related factors, it became quickly and abundantly clear that Stanboli, the transporter, and its precious cargo were not going anywhere for the immediate future.
Meanwhile, Herrin, who lives in Dublin, Georgia, was at Road Atlanta on Friday with his helmet, leathers, and related gear…but no Superbike to ride. Throughout his career, the 2013 AMA Superbike Champion and 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion has developed a reputation for being highly resourceful, which is part of the reason that he is a fan favorite. When faced with adversity, Herrin has a way of making the best of situations, and he did exactly that Friday afternoon at Road Atlanta.
It just so happens that Herrin owns a 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S streetbike that he also uses as a trackday bike on which he sharpens his riding skills. And, with the help of his crew (sans Stanboli, obviously) and various paddock resources, Herrin’s R1S was stripped of its streetbike parts, a flat-black race fairing was installed, and rearsets were bolted on. By early Saturday morning, Herrin’s streetbike was about as close to ready for battle as it was going to get.
And, at 10 a.m., Herrin took to the track for MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Free Practice 3 aboard his Yamaha streetbike.
During that session, crew chief Stanboli was undoubtedly watching MotoAmerica’s Live Timing & Scoring from somewhere in Louisiana, with his eyes laser-focused on the laptimes for the #2 bike.
The ever-resourceful Josh Herrin made it happen.