The Moto2 market is moving very rapidly this Sunday night at Valencia, with new signings being revealed on an almost minute-by-minute basis. The latest piece of news to emerge from the paddock is that British rider Kev Coghlan has signed to ride for the Aeroport de Castello team for 2011. Alex Debon had originally intended to continue riding for another year in Moto2 at the request of his sponsors, but after breaking his collarbone for the 3rd time this year (and the 10th time in his career) the Spaniard has been told by his medical advisors that he needs to stop racing.
Coghlan has been racing in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship, where he has been engaged in a season-long battle with Carmelo Morales and Dani Rivas for the title. Coghlan also made a couple of wildcard appearances this season, at Silverstone and Aragon, where he impressed many team bosses, especially after ending a couple of practice sessions inside the top 4. A technical problem ended Coghlan's race at Aragon on the first lap.
"I'm really excited about this chance," Coghlan told MotoMatters.com. "Obviously I've got a lot of new tracks to learn, but at least we'll be racing at the four Spanish tracks I already know." Coghlan's addition to Moto2 brings the total size of the British contingent in Moto2 up to a healthy 3 riders, with Coghlan racing against Scott Redding, racing for the Marc VDS team, and Moto2 rookie Bradley Smith, who signed for Herve Poncharal's Tech 3 team. Poncharal had already shown in interest in Coghlan, before finally deciding to sign Smith and Frenchman Mike di Meglio. "It's going to be tough to race against those guys, because they've been racing on these tracks for the past three or four years," Coghlan said, "But we'll give it our best shot, and I'm confident I've got the pace to race them."
The Aeroport de Castello team had not appeared on the original list of Moto2 teams published last week, but the team has inherited one of the seats unused by the Speed Up team - now called the HB20 team. Debon is to stay on as team manager for the Spanish squad.