Kev Coghlan has told of how his 'heart sank' when he saw the chequered flag moments after losing the lead of the World Supersport race at Phillip Island, the Scot having believed there was still a lap remaining.
Coghlan was in the midst of an intense battle with Jules Cluzel, Raffaele de Rosa and Florian Marino for victory during a controversial five lap restart, with the DMC Panavto Yamaha rider pouncing on the final lap with an inspired pass into the Honda hairpin.
However, a mistake out of turn nine would leave him vulnerable into the MG bend, prompting Cluzel to come through and snatch back the initiative from Coghlan with just the final corner to go.
Coghlan has now revealed that the reason why he didn't defend harder is because he was convinced there was still a lap remaining, admitting his frustration when he realised it was actually the end of the race.
“I saw my chance to move forward and passed Cluzel and Marino into turn four, where I felt really strong. Into turn nine I made a huge mistake and I saw Cluzel make a move, but I didn't try too hard to block him.
“I thought we still had one more lap in the race. Coming out of the final turn I saw the chequered flag and my heart sank… I couldn't believe it!”
Despite missing out on an opportunity to claim his first WSS victory, Coghlan was nonetheless delighted with his competitive showing during DMC Panavto Racing's maiden weekend with Yamaha machinery.
“We have my best result to date in WSS and 20 points on the board, so all in all a great weekend! Huge thanks to all the team for such hard work all weekend and all winter, thanks to Vova Ivanov for helping me this weekend, giving tips and advice from what he could see trackside, and thanks to Vladimir Ivanov for the changes he has made in the team since last year, it was worked fantastic!”