Caterham Moto Racing Conclude Test at Valencia
Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana, 13th February 2014
Circuit Length: 4.005km
Bike # 5 - Johann Zarco P13 - best time - 1:36.222
Bike # 2 - Josh Herrin P18 - best time - 1:36.566
Weather: air temperature 24˚c (dry) / track temperature 30˚C max
The final day of the first official Moto2 test at Valencia concluded a positive start for the all new Caterham Moto Racing team.
With an overall aim of learning as much as possible from the Caterham Suter and allowing their riders time to adapt to the new machines, the team increased their knowledge of the bike and gained invaluable time on track to evaluate and develop new settings. As a result they completed the three day test schedule feeling pleased with their progress and ready for Jerez next week.
Initially focussing on set up and getting a feel for his #2 bike, reigning AMA Superbike Champion Josh Herrin finished the day with an impressive personal best lap time of 1:36.566, just 1.411 off the quickest time of the week.
Meanwhile Johann Zarco used his final day at Valencia to concentrate on developing suspension settings and providing feedback for improved performance.
Johann Zarco: "We didn't improve the lap time today but we are still working to set-up the bike. I have to accept that we must wait a little longer to get quicker as it is important to get the right information and an understanding of the new Caterham Suter first.
Jerez is not my favourite track but I have a good team and I know that we will work well to achieve our goals there."
Josh Herrin: "Today we made a lot of changes to the position I am in on the bike as well as some clutch settings. I was able to achieve my goal which was to get into the 1:36's. I am excited to go to Jerez because we have already tested there so we will be able to focus more on bike set up and lap times."
Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager: "I am happy to end this first official test having learned a lot and gained enough information to hopefully send us in the right direction. Right now we don't need to be too focussed on where we are in the standings, although it is important, we must work systematically and do a good job to improve the bike for our riders first.
At the moment we are not at the maximum, we still have more to give and we will continue to work on this in Jerez. We are a new team, this is our first year in Moto2 and so we must be patient. Every time we are out there we are learning, and these tests are so important for that.
"To come here and have done this in such a short time, to see all the guys so motivated is a privilege. I just want to thank the team, the riders and everyone from Caterham back at Leafield who have supported us in getting here and I hope that we can reward them this year with good results."