Motorcycle Racing News Moto2 Silverstone: FTR Wildcard Debut

Moto2 Silverstone: FTR Wildcard Debut


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FTR MOTO and FOGI Racing of Canada have combined to provide a first FTR machine wild card in the Moto2 World Championship – for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone and for Scottish rider Kev Coghlan.

FTR and FOGI will field Coghlan who will also benefit from his regular Spanish Championship Monlau Competicion Team providing the infrastructure for the wild card effort.

“We’ve been working with Angus Borland of FOGI Racing for some time and to be able to combine and give Kev a shot at his home Grand Prix is really exciting for everyone,” said FTR’s Steve Bones.

Coghlan arrives at Silverstone having finished second in the third round of the Spanish Championship last Sunday at Jerez – only to be excluded from the results for a minor technical infringement.

“It’s a shame that such a small issue should be brought to light and dealt with in such a severe manner but it’s done now,” said Coghlan. “At least we showed the pace at Jerez and we’re straight into Silverstone and able to put the Jerez event behind us immediately.

Coghlan joins four other FTR riders for Sunday’s fifth round at Silverstone; FIMMCO Speed Up Team riders Andrea Iannone and Gabor Talmacsi, Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham and the Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team’s Alex Debon.

“We’ve had four top five finishes from the opening four rounds, including Iannone’s win in Mugello and Debon’s runner-up finish in Qatar,” added Bones. “The FTR machine is constantly improving and we’re hoping it will suit the new, high-speed Silverstone circuit.

FTR is based just 10 miles south of Silverstone in Buckingham and Bones is looking to the home race for more podium finishes: “In a class where 27 riders and 14 constructors have already scored points it’s never going to be easy but I think that is all part of the attraction of Moto2 and the competitive edge it offers.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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