Aragon WSS: Coghlan denied win by Cluzel collision

By Simon Patterson -

World Superbikes

 13 April 2014 11:32

Scotsman Kev Coghlan has been denied his first ever win in the World Supersport class after being knocked off his machine while in the lead with only two laps remaining, after Jules Cluzel left his braking too late and demoted both to the gravel trap. However, Coghlan was able to remount and finish the race in fifth, salvaging valuable championship points.

The race was won by multiple world champion Kenan Sofuoglu, who made the most of the carnage in front of him to take second, before a mistake from race leader Michael van der Mark allowed him through and demoted the Dutch rider to second.

Coghlan said after the race: "The race was going well, and I felt comfortable. I could see that Cluzel and van der Mark were strong, but I started pushing on to get away from them, and I could feel Cluzel lunging there at the lap before, and I think he just made a risky move and it didn’t work."

Florian Marino and Lorenzo Zanetti were third and fourth ahead of Coghlan, who was able to hold off de Rosa to gain 10 points. Cluzel, winner last time out, is currently under investigation from race control for the collision.

Dubliner Jack Kennedy, recovering from injury, was in 11th after a run through the gravel, while former BSB racer PJ Jacobsen was 14th and Fraser Rogers finished in 18th.

Speaking afterwards, the Turk said: “We were very disappointed for Phillip Ialand, and problems this weekend meant I couldn’t make many laps. This morning, I woke up motivated, so I went faster in warm-up. The start of the race was crazy, and I was scared at the chicane, but then they crashed in front of me, and I was more relaxed, because I knew it would not have been easy to beat them."