Josh Herrin, Meen Motorsports, MotoAmerica, Yamaha, Road America

Always room for improvement: After the 2015 MotoAmerica season, Josh Herrin studied his performance and concluded he needed instruction in a few areas. Rider coach Ken Hill is now working closely with Herrin.

Josh Herrin is making a big change for the 2016 MotoAmerica season. No, this isn’t about his recently announced move from the middleweight Supersport class to Superstock 1000. Rather, the 25-year-old resident of Dublin, Georgia, is now working with a riding coach.

“When I re-watched the races from New Jersey, I realized I had a problem,” Herrin said. “I was turning in too early and blowing corners. I’ve never paid attention to brake markers or turn-in spots; I always went off feel. I just rode.”

Herrin has begun working with former racer Ken Hill, who also consults with 2015 Supersport Champion JD Beach. “Something changed in JD’s riding,” Herrin said, referring to Beach’s string of six consecutive race wins. “All of a sudden, he was way faster. I reached out to Ken, and we started talking. He showed me one thing, and I was like, ‘Wow!’

“I’m a huge basketball fan. Every single NBA player has a coach. They’re the best in the world at what they do, yet they have someone watching them, picking at them when they do something wrong, keeping their heads in the game. I asked, ‘Why don’t I have a coach?’”

Herrin won the last Supersport race of the year, race two at New Jersey Motorsports Park, one of his four victories this past season. “I won New Jersey because I’m a good racer,” he said. “I can battle with people and usually get the best of them, but I’ve never been good at leading races or qualifying.

“I started working with Ken last month, and I’ve already seen huge improvements. He has really opened my eyes. I think that is going to help me a lot and make me a better rider.”

Josh Herrin, Meen Motorsports, MotoAmerica, Yamaha, Road America

Always room for improvement: After the 2015 MotoAmerica season, Josh Herrin studied his performance and concluded he needed instruction in a few areas. Rider coach Ken Hill is now working closely with Herrin.

Josh Herrin is making a big change for the 2016 MotoAmerica season. No, this isn’t about his recently announced move from the middleweight Supersport class to Superstock 1000. Rather, the 25-year-old resident of Dublin, Georgia, is now working with a riding coach.

“When I re-watched the races from New Jersey, I realized I had a problem,” Herrin said. “I was turning in too early and blowing corners. I’ve never paid attention to brake markers or turn-in spots; I always went off feel. I just rode.”

Herrin has begun working with former racer Ken Hill, who also consults with 2015 Supersport Champion JD Beach. “Something changed in JD’s riding,” Herrin said, referring to Beach’s string of six consecutive race wins. “All of a sudden, he was way faster. I reached out to Ken, and we started talking. He showed me one thing, and I was like, ‘Wow!’

“I’m a huge basketball fan. Every single NBA player has a coach. They’re the best in the world at what they do, yet they have someone watching them, picking at them when they do something wrong, keeping their heads in the game. I asked, ‘Why don’t I have a coach?’”

Herrin won the last Supersport race of the year, race two at New Jersey Motorsports Park, one of his four victories this past season. “I won New Jersey because I’m a good racer,” he said. “I can battle with people and usually get the best of them, but I’ve never been good at leading races or qualifying.

“I started working with Ken last month, and I’ve already seen huge improvements. He has really opened my eyes. I think that is going to help me a lot and make me a better rider.”