Kev Coghlan managed to get some important points on the board with an eighth place finish at the seventh round of the World Supersport series in Misano.
The Scot arrived in Italy knowing a finish was imperative having failed to score at two of the previous three races. The Yamaha rider struggled to find a suitable setting for his DMC Panavto R6 in qualifying and was forced to start from the inside of the third row in twelfth.
Coghlan made some early progress in the race and got the better of Ratthapark Wilairot to gain eight points to stay ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu in the overall standings.
“We got a bit lost on Friday set-up wise and we never really recovered from there,” he told Crash.net
. “We were struggling to put the lap times together for some reason. By the end of the weekend the bike felt mint and even yesterday the bike felt good. We felt fast but every time the lap times weren't coming. I think the best lap I did all weekend was when I was behind Kenan and it felt slow. I thought, 'What's he doing? He's messing about.' We came round and it was the fastest lap we had done all weekend.
“I don't know whether it was just the track or [if] I didn't know how to put a fast lap time together. It just wasn't happening this weekend. We need to take a step back now, take a look at the data, go through everything and hopefully make a step back towards the front in Portimão.”
The Yamaha man lost touch with the battle for the podium that included championship leader Michael van der Mark after a few feisty early exchanges with Massimo Roccoli.
“I got a bit tangled up with Roccoli on the first lap and he had a bit of a dive up the inside. Thankfully no-one went down and there was no contact. There were a few back and forward moves but it was all pretty clean. There was a good bit of racing actually and it was good to finish the race. I've had a couple of races where we've crashed out early on and I really needed to get that full race distance under my belt and experience keeping the speed up all race.”
“We struggled in Portimão last year and at the beginning of this year [in testing] we went alright. The lap times were decent. We'll be looking to be back at the front, fighting with Jules [Cluzel] and the boys for the podium.”
Coghlan remains fifth overall in the World Championship, two points behind Lorenzo Zanetti and one ahead of Sofuoglu.