Kev Coghlan was satisfied with a podium appearance after an eventful opening round of the 2015 European Superstock 1000 Championship, having suffered from bad luck at Motorland Aragon in the past.

On a track which he knows and likes, Coghlan was the first Yamaha R1-mounted finisher after a tight five-way battle for the lead. Starting from third, the Scot spent much of the 13 laps behind Roberto Tamburini and Lorenzo Savadori while sat just ahead of Raffaele De Rosa and Bryan Staring.

Although unable to challenge the top two in the closing laps, Coghlan was satisfied to bring the all-new R1 home for its debut podium in the class.

"It's good to be on the podium," he told Crash.net after the race. "I've had strong races here the last few years but always ended up either on my arse or touching with someone or making some mistake. I went into the race feeling like we could have been fighting for the win. We were there. We were close, but not really close enough. But for the first race to be that close to the win is a good start. Hopefully we'll move forward now with the bike.

I was expecting a close race with Savadori and Tamburini. I wasn't expecting De Rosa or the likes of Staring. There was quite a big group right up until the end there. I was expecting us to break away a bit but that didn't really happen. We knew those guys were going to be on it. I thought I was going to be a bit stronger at the end. I thought they were going to be using their tyres a bit more.

It didn't happen. I forged on a bit when I went second. I thought, 'I'll have a push here for Savadori' but I could feel I was taking a few too many risks and pushing a bit too much. It was better to stay on it this year than end up in the gravel.

I had a little go at him to stay with him in case anything happened on the last lap. Them last couple of laps they were just a little stronger, especially coming off the slow turns. I was struggling for grip there."

To finish as the first Yamaha runner and ten seconds clear of team-mate Florian Marino was also of some comfort. Coghlan now believes he and the team have established a strong base setting that they can work from at Assen.

"We didn't quite have enough. But the team are already back and working hard to see what we can do for the next race. I know the guys at Yamaha are working hard to keep moving forward. The rest of the bikes there may be new bikes but they're basically developments of what they've been running the past few years. We're on a brand new bike and it's the first time out. It's just going to get better.

I knew I was going to be strong here. It's a track that I like and I've always been fast here. To be top Yamaha by a good distance gives me a good bit of confidence. I like riding at Assen. I think I finished fourth there last year on the Supersport. I think it's going to suit the bike more as well. Hopefully the weather is as good as here. I don't think it will be but we'll keep our fingers crossed we can have a good weekend there too."

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