Trust me, you’ll make a lot of Yamaha men very very angry if you suggest that their star MotoA’ rider Cameron Beaubier isn’t actually going to be the “next Wayne Rainey”. How mad? Their angry spittle on your face mad. Cameron is a very nice and humble young man and even he would probably rather that Yamaha never suggested he was next in line on Yamaha’s Cavalcade of GP Stars carnival ride, or that he (will) got waxed by Elias for the MotoA’ title the first year that Toni Sunglasses has a new Superbike.
Who will replace Beaubier for the remainder of the 2017 season of MotoAmerica action? One of Yamaha 600 men–JD Beach or Garret Gerloff? Yamalube Westby’s Mathew Scholtz?
None of the above. Yamaha instead selected Superbike privateer Josh Herrin to replace Beaubier. Irony must be at full strength now at Yamaha with Beaubier injured, the title all but lost.
Herrin, who was basically pushed off the Yamaha team the year after he won the DMG Superbike title and has been criticized by several top riders for being too aggressive in 2017 Superbike action, has been announced as Yamaha’s replacement rider for the final two rounds of the 2017 championship.
For Herrin, maybe more well known as a Moto2 outcast (he was teamed with Johan Zarco–heard of him?) than for winning the old DMG championship, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reunite with his old Yamaha crew and factory R1. And it’s not like Josh Hayes can ride forever.
Ah, just kidding. That’s actually one of the few places Yamaha USA and I see eye to eye on: Josh Hayes probably can ride forever.