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Josh Herrin bounced back from illness at the previous test in Almeria to put in a productive day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Spain today – the first official Moto2 test of the 2014 season.
Freezing temperatures kept things slow initially, but when all was said and done Herrin completed some 59 laps with a best lap of 1:38.351 – good for 23rd fastest on the day at the 2.5-mile Valencia track.
“Today my strategy was to do as many laps as possible so I could learn the track on a new bike and build my confidence,” Herrin said. “Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be a little warmer because today I was taking it very easy as I didn’t want to crash. For day two of testing here at Valencia, I hope to improve my lap times and continue to get more comfortable on the bike. I’d like to thank my team for all their hard work today. I am very happy with our result.”
Herrin’s Caterham teammate, meanwhile, ended the day with the 11th best time.
The best Moto2 time of the day was turned in by Marc VDS Racing’s Mika Kallio, the Finn lapping at 1:36.206 to edge out Jordi Torres by just .001 of a second.