The new Caterham Moto2 team has confirmed that Johann Zarco will join American Superbike champion Josh Herrin in its 2014 line-up.

23-year-old Frenchman Zarco, a former 125cc title runner-up, took his first Moto2 podium at Mugello this year for the Iodaracing Suter team.

The new Caterham outfit will also use the Suter chassis and had confirmed negotiations with Zarco during its official launch at Sepang last month.

"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," said Zarco. "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."

Team manager and former racer Johan Stigefelt 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."

Zarco, who spent his debut 2012 Moto2 season at JiR, is ninth in the standings - and the fourth best Suter - heading into this weekend's Valencia finale.



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