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….
We are nearly halfway through the 2013 season, how would you rate your efforts during this campaign so far?
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.
You're 14th in the championship, which doesn't reflect the speed you have shown at several races.
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.
What has been the highpoint of your season so far?
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.
How do you feel aboard the ZX-6R? It certainly seems to have the speed.
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!
The deal to ride for the DMC Lorenzini team came about at the last minute. Do you hope to find continuity with the team?