Spanish Moto2: FTR Fifth at Valencia Test
CEV Buckler Spanish Moto2 News
FTR MOTO and Team Joe Darcey Monlau Competicion’s Kev Coghlan took fifth place in Sunday’s sixth and penultimate round of the CEV Buckler Spanish Moto2 Championship at the Valencia circuit to retain second place in the series.
Coghlan qualified in sixth place on the FTR M210 and held sixth for most of the 19-lap Moto2 thriller before setting his fastest lap on lap 17 to move ahead of Spaniard Xavier Fores and secure a fifth place finish, ending the race just 3.1s behind winner Carmelo Morales.
Coghlan’s Spanish Moto2 title rival Morales grabbed the lead and the victory from Axel Pons on the last lap to extend his Championship lead to 21 points over Coghlan heading into next Sunday’s seventh and final round at Jerez.
Kev Coghlan (FTR Moto2) says:”It was a tough weekend for us. But to be in the top five in today’s race and stay second in the Championship gives us plenty to fight for in next week’s final race.”
Italian Federico D’Annunzio took 11th place on the last lap on his FTR while Russian Alexey Ivanov – having qualified in 25th place – was up to 18th before being forced to retire on the 11th lap.
Steve Bones (FTR Manager) says: “Coming into the weekend we were very much focused on challenging for the win. In the end Kev’s finished just three seconds away from winning so he was on the pace but in the end was forced to settle for fifth.
“He also went faster in the race than he did in qualifying so the signs from Kev and the M210 continue to be positive. He won the Jerez race earlier in the year on the M210 so we’ll be hoping for a repeat performance next Sunday.”