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EXCLUSIVE Kev Coghlan - Q&A

16 July 2013

By Neil Morrison

Kev Coghlan is enjoying an eye-catching first full season in the World Supersport championship.

Coming off a season aboard a Ducati Panigale in World Superstock, the Scotsman has faced an uphill task acclimatising to a new bike and several new circuits.

To add to that, his DMC Lorenzini team only confirmed their WSS intentions in March and he arrived at the first round in Australia with only two days of testing behind him.

Although he currently sits in 14th in the standings, he has shown his speed - qualifying inside the top ten at four of the seven rounds. Although his season has been littered with crashes he managed to lead at Aragon, a track he was familiar with, and scored his best finish of fifth at Monza when he was a mere 1.487secs from the winner.

Despite another strong qualifying showing at Imola and a solid race pace the 25-year old fell while holding sixth place with five laps to go.

With his team's home race approaching, Coughlan took five minutes to speak with Crash.net about his season so far, the upcoming round in Russia and potential discussions for next season….

Crash.net:
We are nearly halfway through the 2013 season, how would you rate your efforts during this campaign so far?

Kev Coghlan:
It's been really up and down. We've had some mistakes from me and some crashes when we shouldn't have really had them. We've also had some bad luck with the bike as well, with breakdowns. We've generally had pretty good pace, apart from Portimão when that was an 'off weekend. But it's been going good. Hopefully in the second half of the season things will settle down a bit and we can focus on building up again.

Crash.net:
You're 14th in the championship, which doesn't reflect the speed you have shown at several races.

Kev Coghlan:
Yeah, that's it. For whatever reason, be it crashing or the bike breaking down, it's just not really come together so hopefully we can pick up some points as the season progresses into the second half.

Crash.net:
What has been the highpoint of your season so far?

Kev Coghlan:
Monza was a good one as I was so close to a podium finish and I could see the leaders right there in front of me. At Aragon I was leading the race but then fell down but it's been a bit like that, just highs and lows all the way through.

Crash.net:
How do you feel aboard the ZX-6R? It certainly seems to have the speed.

Kev Coghlan:
The bike is a pretty good package. I don't think any of the other Kawasaki teams have anything more than us and it seems to work well. We've just got to stay on the thing now!

Crash.net:
The deal to ride for the DMC Lorenzini team came about at the last minute. Do you hope to find continuity with the team?

Kev Coghlan:
Yeah, that didn't help! I've been speaking to the team already about doing the same thing again next year so hopefully that comes off and we can hit the ground running rather than everything being a mess at the start of the year.

Even with some of the tracks, trying to learn them can be difficult. I hadn't been to Phillip Island and I hadn't been to Donington for a long time either. That definitely takes a bit of getting used to.

Crash.net:
Russia is up next, your team's home race. You have been spending quite a bit of time there.

Kev Coghlan:
I've been doing a bit of training with the team out there and going along to the Russian Superbike rounds just to promote the team. It's good, a bit strange and different. But when I go out with those guys it's alright, they look after me and it's good fun.

I went to the track at the end of last year for the Russian Superbike round on the Superstock 1000 and it seems like a good track. It's a bit slow compared to most of the tracks we go to, a lot of it is in second or third gear, but it's fun.

Crash.net:
Your career has taken a slightly unconventional path. You moved to Spain at a young age, what was the reason behind that?

Kev Coghlan:
Basically, I couldn't afford to race in England. I got the offer of a free ride to go out to Spain and that was the only option I had. It wasn't a bad option though, getting to live there! We just had to take everything as it came to us, we went to Spain and then when I was there, there was a good chance for us to come to this paddock too. It's worked out well.

Crash.net:
And finally Kev, do you feel you now have a solid platform to work from for the rest of the season?

Kev Coghlan:
Yeah, throughout the first half of this year we've had a few changes within the team with mechanics and stuff. It has never been a stable situation. But if we can get something a bit more constant then it should be easier to build on for the rest of the year.


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