Spanish Moto2 Championship
FTR MOTO and Team Joe Darcey Monlau Competicion’s Kev Coghlan finished third in their debut season together in the CEV Buckler Moto2 Spanish Championship after Scotsman Coghlan finished in eighth place in Sunday’s final round at the Jerez circuit in south-west Spain.
Coghlan qualified in 12th place in Saturday morning’s dry Moto2 qualifying session and despite being fourth fastest in the afternoon’s wet session he was forced to start from 12th place on row four of the grid.
The M210 Moto2 rider progressed to ninth place after one lap but a lack of dry track time was to eventually leave Coghlan progressing one more place to an eventual eighth at the end of the 17-lap race around the 2.747-mile circuit.
The Moto2 race was won by Grand Prix regular Axel Pons.
Kev Coghlan says: “We came to Jerez to try and beat Carmelo Morales to the Championship, he had a good run in qualifying and got pole position so we were up against it.”
“Then in the race I was sat looking at Morales in seventh, he was riding a race for the title and I wasn’t 100 per cent comfortable so I wasn’t going to throw everything away in a silly crash.”
The Moto2 Team Amalgama’s Italian rider Federico D’Annunzio finished in 19th place on his FTR machine while Russian youngster Alexey Ivanov crossed the finish line in 25th place on the Team SMP machine.
Steve Bones (FTR Manager) says: “We’ve achieved a lot this year in Spain and, as in the World Championship, we’ve ended our first full year of competition in third place in both Championships.”
“Kev Coghlan’s wins at Albacete and Aragon earlier in the year were obvious highlights but we’ve had a good time working with the Monlau Competicion Team and with the Joe Darcey Team guys.
“To win a title in our first year would have been the icing on the cake but I think we’ve gone a long way towards what we wanted to achieve in 2010 by getting the FTR Moto name out there.”
“We’ve ended up with plenty of interest from the World and Spanish Championship teams so I’m sure we’ll be very well represented in 2011 – and hopefully winning titles!”