Caterham Moto Racing Team has confirmed that Johann Zarco will join Josh Herrin to complete the newly formed Moto2™ team’s rider line-up for its debut season in 2014.
Zarco, who finished second in the 2011 125cc Championship and who is currently ninth in the 2013 Moto2 standings, will bring considerable experience and talent to the new team.
The rider himself commented, “I'm very happy to join Caterham Moto Racing Team and proud that I’m one of the first riders to join this new team as it starts its adventure in motorcycle racing. We’re targeting consistent strong results in our first season and the experience I have gained in the last two Moto2 seasons will help us achieve that.”
“It’s also great to be back working with a number of people who I last worked with in 2011, for example Tony Fernandes whose backing was one of the key elements to helping me finish second in 125cc. Caterham also have some of the same people working on the bike who I worked with back in 2011 and the success we had then shows clearly what we can achieve together.”
The Frenchman continued, “The final piece of the team for me is also in place as my coach Laurent Fellon will continue to be part of my crew – he plays a very important role in every aspect of my racing, for example helping me to stay calm when we meet difficult periods along the way. With Laurent and the whole team that Caterham is putting together, I think we have an exciting future ahead.”
Johan Stigefelt, Team Manager of the Caterham Moto Racing Team added, “We are very pleased that we’ve been able to secure Johann as one of our two riders for 2014. His talent speaks for itself and he brings Moto2 experience, something that is going to be a valuable asset for us in 2014. The first chance we will have to work with Johann on track will be at the November tests in Jerez and Almeria and everyone is excited about starting work with him and Josh, and even more so about seeing what this pairing can achieve next year.”