America’s Josh Herrin Continues Progress During Valencia Moto2 Test

Josh Herrin during Valencia Moto2 testing
Josh Herrin during Valencia Moto2 testing
Josh Herrin during Valencia Moto2 testing

Josh Herrin #2 Moto2 News

America’s Josh Herrin continued progressing Wednesday aboard the Caterham Moto2 machine at Valencia preseason testing.

The 2013 AMA SuperBike Champion, who missed last week’s testing at Almeria due to a fever, put in 63 laps Wednesday at the Spanish circuit. He posted a best time of 1:37.400, which was almost a second quicker than his Tuesday time.

Once again, Herrin and his teammate Johann Zarco were the first riders out in the morning session. During the day, Herrin mostly worked on building confidence aboard the Caterham Suter machine, and also learning the circuit.

Overall, Herrin was 25th fastest, 2.245 second behind leader Marc VDS Racing’s Esteve Rabat.

“My plan for today was to continue learning the track and improving my feeling on the bike. I achieved this and I am happy with that,” Josh Herrin said. “Tomorrow I hope to become even more comfortable with the Caterham Suter and be within a second from the front.”

Following the test, Johan Stigefelt, Caterham Team Manager, said “Today the conditions were a lot better as we predicted so we were able to get an early start. Today Josh did a number of laps and was almost a second faster than yesterday which is good. He was out on the track looking at the other riders and learning more and more each lap.

“He needs more time on the bike but it’s coming and he is doing a good job. At the end of the day we should also have a good lap time from him.

“With the bike we are still learning in terms of the chassis and the suspension and we’re getting there. Towards the end of the day we saw a big improvement and for tomorrow we now have a better base to work from. We’re not far off and we feel we are getting closer. These are the steps we are taking, working methodically, keeping calm and doing our job. This way we will be prepared for tomorrow and the next test in Jerez.”

Moto2 testing continues Thursday at Valencia.