The new Caterham team finished the opening 2014 Moto2 test at Valencia with riders Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin 13th and 18th respectively on the combined timesheets.
Zarco, preparing for his third Moto2 season, took the Caterham Suter chassis to a best lap time 1.067s behind the pace setting Kalex of Esteve Rabat.
“We didn't improve the lap time [on the final day] but we are still working to set-up the bike,” said the Frenchman. “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.”
Rookie team-mate Josh Herrin did improve his lap time on the final day, when he was just a fraction slower than Zarco. The reigning AMA Superbike champion was 1.411s from Rabat on combined times.
“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,” he explained. “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.”
Team manager and former grand prix racer Johan Stigefelt underlined that patience is key at this early stage.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The fastest Suter rider was Interwetten's Thomas Luthi, in third.
The Jerez test takes place from February 18-20.