Kev Coghlan has taken his first victory on a Moto2 machine after prevailing in a two-part CEV Moto2 Championship race at Albacete.
After a steady start to the season with a sixth place in Cataluña, the British rider stood on the top step of the podium after a tough two part race in changing conditions at the Circuit of Albacete.
In the first start Coghlan got a great start from his fifth place qualifying position to be second into the first corner. With already some spots of rain starting to fall conditions were already tricky. Coghlan dropped to third place into the third corner but soon made a move back through to second.
In the same moment race leader Xavier Simeon crashed out leaving Coghlan in first position. After already having a few moments on the greasy track Coghlan began to ease off the pace until on the third lap he lost the lead and moved back to third. Another big slide from the rear forced Coghlan wide and he was now down to fifth place.
With the rain beginning to fall harder the conditions were going from bad to worse and on the slick tyres finding any grip at all was difficult. Coghlan was still pushing on an just after moving back into fourth place the red flag came out as the race directors decided it was become too dangerous to continue.
Counting back a lap Coghlan would start the second leg again from fifth position on the grid. The track had now dried up and conditions were good. The final results would be on aggregate of the two parts and after a quick briefing with the team Coghlan new exactly who he had to be in front of on track and by how much.
Another great start and again second into the first corner, half way round the first lap Coghlan moved into the lead and pushed on to get into a good rhythm. With Spanish Formula Extreme Champion, Carmelo Morales right on his tail Coghlan was putting in some good constant lap times and the two began to pull away from the rest of the field. With 10 laps to go Morales moved into the lead. Coghlan already had a 1.8 second lead on him from the first stint so knew all he had to do was stay with him.
Coghlan was pushing hard but could not quite match the pace of the leader and with four laps to go he dropped to second position on corrected time. Now the rain was back and with a few spots on the visor turning to a light shower the lap times dropped by over a second. Coghlan could see he was now closing in again on Morales and on the final lap with one last push Coghlan moved back into the lead to take the victory.
“This was an incredible result for us, we got our new 2010 chassis from FTR for this meeting so Fridays free practice was the first chance we've had to try it out. We've had a few problems in qualifying trying to find a good balance for this chassis and even in the race we had some problems.
“The changing conditions played into our favour today, the truth is after Qualifying I thought we'd be lucky to get a podium. I need to say a big thanks to everyone who has supported me this year, to the Joe Darcey / Monlau Competition Team, all the guys have worked really hard this weekend to give me the opportunity to push for the win.
“And also a big thanks to FTR Moto, we've had no time to test with the new chassis and to come away with the win first time out on it shows what a great package they've put together.”