2014 COTA Moto2 FP2 Result: Zarco Continues To Dominate

Johann Zarco made this point clear to the Moto2 field: The first free practice was no fluke. Zarco, who finished sixth in the race here last year, set the fastest time for the second practice in a row Friday at the COTA circuit with a 2'10.839. He was the only Moto2 rider to dip into the 2'10s.

The time is two-tenths of a second better than Dominic Aegerter's second fastest showing and just three-tenths slower than the pole-position time from last year (set by Scott Redding).

Tito Rabat also upped his pace from FP1 but only closed to third-fastest, three-tenths shy of of Zarco's time. Maverick Vinales (4th) and Xavier Simeon (5th) ended their day only four-thousandths of a second apart.

For all joy in the Caterham-Suter team with Zarco's pace, there also came a sobering reality: Teammate and lone American in Moto2 -- former AMA superbike champion and Moto2 rookie Josh Herrin -- nearly gave the team the odd distinction of having both the fastest and slowest times on the sheet with his 30th-place showing, nearly four seconds off the pace.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 2'10.839  
2 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'11.086 0.247 / 0.247
3 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 2'11.147 0.308 / 0.061
4 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 2'11.156 0.317 / 0.009
5 19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 2'11.160 0.321 / 0.004
6 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 2'11.329 0.490 / 0.169
7 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 2'11.444 0.605 / 0.115
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'11.502 0.663 / 0.058
9 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 2'11.610 0.771 / 0.108
10 3 Simone CORSI Forward KLX 2'11.694 0.855 / 0.084
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 2'11.704 0.865 / 0.010
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'11.799 0.960 / 0.095
13 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 2'11.904 1.065 / 0.105
14 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 2'11.979 1.140 / 0.075
15 54 Mattia PASINI Forward KLX 2'12.216 1.377 / 0.237
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 2'12.277 1.438 / 0.061
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Suter 2'12.408 1.569 / 0.131
18 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 2'12.431 1.592 / 0.023
19 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 2'12.486 1.647 / 0.055
20 8 Gino REA Suter 2'12.533 1.694 / 0.047
21 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2'12.858 2.019 / 0.325
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'12.917 2.078 / 0.059
23 18 Nicolas TEROL Suter 2'12.956 2.117 / 0.039
24 96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 2'13.136 2.297 / 0.180
25 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 2'13.159 2.320 / 0.023
26 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 2'13.427 2.588 / 0.268
27 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'13.507 2.668 / 0.080
28 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'13.542 2.703 / 0.035
29 97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up 2'14.360 3.521 / 0.818
30 2 Josh HERRIN Caterham Suter 2'14.793 3.954 / 0.433
31 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA TSR 2'15.141 4.302 / 0.348
32 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 2'15.150 4.311 / 0.009
33 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 2'15.175 4.336 / 0.025
34 70 Robin MULHAUSER Suter 2'16.000 5.161 / 0.825

 

Round Number: 
2
2014
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Comments

It makes me wonder just how far AMA racing has fallen. I thought Josh Herrin was reasonably fast and would at least be in the hunt. I realize Moto2 is the second highest level of motorcycle competition in the world, I just didn't think American riders were this far behind. If anyone else has a better explanation I'd love to hear it, until then I'll go cry in my beer!

It is unfortunate that I was hoping against hope that Herrin would prove to be competitive in the Moto2 field. I think his lack of pace gives proof that Graves Yamaha made the correct choice in not resigning him, despite him "winning" the AMA championship. No doubt the kid has talent and he is faster than I will, or could ever be, but he doesn't have what it takes against world class talent.

New bike/team/tracks/food/continent/etc...

Only time and experience will tell if he has what it takes but it's too early to just write him off.