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Zarco and Herrin Complete Second Test Day in Jerez
Circuit of Jerez, 12th March 201
Circuit Length: 4.423 m
Bike # 5 - Johann Zarco P4 - best time - 1:42.841
Bike # 2 - Josh Herrin P24 - best time - 1:44.291
Weather: air temperature 23˚C (dry) / track temperature 31˚C max
In near perfect conditions, AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing riders Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin completed a progressive second day of testing at the Circuit of Jerez.
The first session saw Johann Zarco reach his target of breaking into the 1min42s within just 10 laps and rewarding him with a new personal best time of 1:42.991. Running within the top six throughout the day, the Frenchman continued to push forward to claim P1 with a time of 1:42.841 in the last of the day's sessions, only to be nudged off the leader's spot by Takaaki Nakagami in the final minutes.
For team mate Josh Herrin it was a difficult start, as a problem with the quick shifter in the first of the morning's sessions prevented the eager American from chasing lap times. The team worked hard to find a solution and allow the Moto2 rookie valuable time on track.
Johann Zarco: "I am very happy to have got into the 1m42s and even in the last session I was able to improve. Finally we are 4th and only three tenths from the fastest rider.
"We are still making little modifications but I'm always feeling better on the bike and working on my riding style. I am happy because the mechanics understand how to set the bike for me from the information I give.
"It was a very good day and we will try to repeat it again tomorrow. Continuing like this we will be more ready for the races."
Josh Herrin: "Today we struggled with the quick shifter but the guys worked hard to fix it and get me out on track. Unfortunately I wasn't able to push to improve my lap time but we made some good progress with the base setting.
"I feel comfortable on the bike now and tomorrow I would like to do a 1m43s so I can leave feeling confident going into the first race at Qatar."