A Manchester supported, Russian-backed Ducati Paniagle in the superstock championship. How could it be any colour but red?
Kev Coghlan, the young Scot who has done more than his fair
share of racing for European teams, is riding half the European Superstock 1000
season on a Ducati 1199 Panigale for the Russian-backed DMC (Ducati Manchester, see?) team.
“My team mate Alexei Ivanov was racing an FTR Moto2 bike in
the Spanish championship at the same time as me,” explained Coghlan, “so my
team helped him out a bit through the season. His (Russian) sponsor part owns
Ducati Manchester and they decided to enter the Superstock 1000 championship
and asked me if I wanted to ride as well, partly to help out Alexei a little
bit. I had already signed up to race in British supersport, but they were happy
enough with that.”
Coghlan has some good people on his side of the garage, notably the man
called ‘Desmo Dave’ Allenby who is his crew chief. “We had a trackday in Spain, at
Aragon, with the bike in totally road trim then another trackday at Imola a
couple of weeks before the first race, so we’ve been a bit short of set-up
time, but I like the bike. It’s very different from the Moto2 bike and the
supersport too, I need to ‘learn’ how to ride it to get the best out of it, but
there’s a lot of potential in it,” explained the 23 year old, seventh in Imola and trying to find some more rear grip after his first session at Assen. If anyone can find it, Desmo can...