Kev Coghlan expects to join fellow Briton Scott Redding on the Moto2 World Championship grid during some wild-card appearances in the new grand prix class this season.
Coghlan already has 600cc four-stroke success under his belt, having finished second in the 2008 Spanish Supersport Championship before winning both the Spanish and European titles in 2009 for Joe Darcy Racing. The 21-year-old also claimed six points during five 2009 World Supersport appearances on a Holiday Gym Yamaha.
“We had a great '09 season, both the team and myself have worked hard all year and it's fantastic to be rewarded with the Spanish title,” he said. “It wasn't an easy year, we had some tough competition and when I broke my scaphoid bone in qualifying for the third round, I thought the championship was lost. It was the toughest race of my career but to finish second in that race gave me confidence.
“To win the European championship was mega. It was a really high level field and I wasn't even sure I could manage a top five but I gave it everything and it paid off. The team were ecstatic, after all the work they put in it was nice to reward them with this.”
Coghlan will stay with the Joe Darcy Racing team for 2010 and compete in the new Moto2 class of the Spanish championship, on FTR machinery, but also expects to make some wild-card rides in the world championship.
“I think we have a really good package for the season ahead. This will be my third year with the team and everybody works great together. Obviously the Moto2 class will be much tougher than the Supersport but the better the competition the more I will learn,” he said.
“We will be looking to get as many [grand prix] wild-card rides as possible which will be a real challenge, but with the single engine and tyre rules it should give us a chance to see how we really shape up against the best.”