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Apr 4, 2014

FIM Moto2: Herrin Feels He Will Get Up To Speed Faster At COTA

Josh Herrin, the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Champion.
Americas GP Race Preview
Austin, Texas – 13th April 2014
Circuit: Circuit of The Americas
Circuit Length: 5.513 km
Moto2 Records
Fastest Lap: 2013 Scott REDDING (GBR) Chassis: Kalex, Time: 2’10.577, Speed: 151.9 km/h
Circuit Record: 2013 Nicolas TEROL (SPA) Chassis: Suter, Time: 2’11.742, Speed: 150.6 km/h
Best Pole: 2013 Scott REDDING (GBR) Chassis: Kalex, Time: 2’10.577, Speed: 151.9 km/h
Top Speed: 2013 Pol ESPARGARO (SPA) Chassis: Kalex, Time: 282.2 km/h
Circuit of The Americas saw the arrival of the MotoGP paddock for the first time in 2013. Situated in Austin, Texas, COTA, as it is most commonly known, was the first circuit in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One.

With a counter-clockwise driving direction, the track encompasses 20 varying turns and a unique elevation change of 41m.

Designed to accommodate 120,000 fans, this impressive track is an atmospheric venue set to stage the second round of the 2014 Moto2 Championship.

Johann Zarco: “It was the first time at Austin last year but I was quite good there so I feel I have still many chances at this point.

“The Circuit of The Americas is a special track and the most complicated thing is to keep a good pace with the tyres which can deteriorate quickly. It also depends on the weather and if it is hot or not, so we will see. The main thing for us is to have a full race! We showed in Qatar that we have pace, even with the problems we had with the bike – now we just need the chance to show that without the incident that came our way in the first race.”

Josh Herrin: “The track at Austin is really cool. I was given the opportunity to ride on it earlier this year and although when I rode there it was very cold and I only got a handful of laps, it was a lot of fun and in that time I was at least able to learn the track. Now when I show up I won’t have to spend much of the first session trying to learn the track and I can find my brake markers much more quickly and get up to speed faster.

“With it being my home race too I’m just real excited to go ride in front of everybody and have some fun. Although it was only half a lap in Qatar, now I know I can run up there, especially with the start I had! I felt like we made a lot of progress in Qatar and I was much better on the bike so I feel I have a lot more confidence going into Austin.”

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager: “We are excited to head to America, which will be Josh’s home race. It will be very interesting; it’s going to be a race where there are a lot of fans supporting him and that’s great for him and the whole team.

“It is also a track that both riders like. Johann finished there sixth last year and although Josh hasn’t ridden there with a Moto2 bike, he had the opportunity to ride on a Yamaha R6 at the start of the year, so it’s not going to be completely new for him.

“I believe both riders can do well at Austin. We just need to make a good start and avoid all the traffic at the beginning of the race. The Caterham Suter is working well now and both Josh and Johann are feeling more comfortable and confident on the bike, so this is the positive that we are going to take to America.” 
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