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Mar 11, 2014

Nakagami Fastest, Herrin 22nd On First Day Of Moto2 Testing At Jerez

Josh Herrin (2).

FIM Moto2 World Championship

Jerez, Spain

March 11, 2014

Day One Test Times (all using Honda engines and Dunlop tires):

1. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Kalex), 1:42.587

2. Thomas Luthi, Switzerland (Suter) 1:42.790

3. Sam Lowes, UK (Speed Up), 1:42.928

4. Luis Salom, Spain (Kalex), 1:42.958

5. Alex De Angelis, San Marino (Suter), 1:43.019

6. Johann Zarco, France (Caterham-Suter), 1:43.141

7. Lorenzo Baldassari, Italy (Suter), 1:43.299

8. Dominique Aegerter, Switzerland (Suter), 1:43.368

9. Julian Simon, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.441

10. Jonas Folger, Germany (Kalex), 1:43.521

11. Sandro Cortese, Germany (Kalex), 1:43.559

12. Simone Corsi, Italy (Forward-KLX), 1:43.564

13. Mattia Pasini, Italy (Forward-KLX), 1:43.579

14. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.666

15. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Kalex), 1:43.697

16. Xavier Simeon, Belgium (Suter), 1:43.704

17. Axel Pons, Spain (Kalex), 1:43.758

18. Louis Rossi, France (Kalex), 1:43.762

19. Marcel Schrotter, Germany (Tech 3), 1:43.972

20. Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia), 1:44.066

21. Anthony West, Australia (Speed Up), 1:44.086

22. Josh Herrin, USA (Caterham-Suter), 1:44.144

23. Gino Rea, UK (Suter), 1:44.274

24. Azlan Shah, Malaysia (Kalex), 1:44.314

25. Roman Ramos, Spain (Speed Up), 1:44.475

26. Randy Krummenacher, Switzerland (Suter), 1:44.477

27. Robin Mulhauser, Switzerland (Suter), 1:45.544

28. Ricky Cardus, Spain (Tech 3), 1:45.831

29. Tetsuta Nagashima, Japan (TSR),  1:45.889

30. Thitipong Warokorn, Thailand (Kalex), 1:46.140 



More, from a press release issued by AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing:

Final Pre-Season Test Commences at Jerez
Circuit of Jerez, 11th March 201
Circuit Length: 4.423 m
Bike # 5 – Johann Zarco P6 – best time – 1:43.141
Bike # 2 – Josh Herrin P22 – best time – 1:44.144
Weather: air temperature 25°c (dry) / track temperature 33°C max

AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing returned to Jerez for the last three days of pre-season testing.

Under sunny skies the team made a great start with Johann Zarco running consistently in the top six and achieving a personal best time of 1:43.141 around the Spanish circuit.

Meanwhile Moto2 rookie Josh Herrin concentrated on improving his base setting from the previous test in Jerez. Initially struggling to feel comfortable on the #2 bike, the team focussed their attentions on improving rider position for better balance and the rear link for more support. With a renewed confidence on the Caterham Suter the American pushed on to achieve his fastest time of the day in the final session.

Johann Zarco: “Today has been a good first day and we made a good step forward.

“Everyone now has the same engine and my feeling is that the engine is strong and going quite fast. We are still not in the 1m42s so this is the target for the next couple of days as we have to do this time to be near the podium but I am happy and so are the technicians. Today has provided us with valuable information.

“I now have to stay focussed and keep a fighting mind, to push to improve the lap time and do a good job. We cannot forget that some riders are missing today but we are not far away from finding the right base.”

Josh Herrin: “Today we made a lot of changes to my position on the bike to make me feel more comfortable.

“I’m happy with the new settings that we found and feel ready to push for a better lap time; I will also aim to put together some longer runs tomorrow.