Josh Herrin announced last Sunday after winning the AMA-DMG Superbike championship that he will move to the Moto2 World Championship next season, but he did not reveal the team.
That didn't stop the European media from turning on the rumor blender to puree, with multiple outlets reporting Herrin has signed a two-year deal with the new Caterham team.
Previously Herrin had been linked with the Marc VDS team--where Scott Redding currently resides--but that does not seem to be Herrin's destiny, at least at the moment.
Caterham is linked to the (Caterham) Formula One team of the same name, and both teams are backed by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes. The team will race a Suter chassis next season, and Frenchman Johan Zarco reportedly will be Herrin's teammate.
An Italian website reported Herrin would sign for a new team formed by Indian manufacturer Mahindra, which aspires to climb the World Championship ranks after making a solid impression in 125cc and Moto3 since it joined the series in 2011. But that rumor gained no traction anywhere else in the notorious pack mentality of the media horde, so the Caterham story looks to be a safer bet.
At Laguna, Herrin was the happiest, most gracious champion we'd seen in a while. At one point Sunday night he was finding mechanics he hadn't worked with in several years and telling them, "Hey, man, I just want to thank you for what you helped me do ..."