Date: Fri 01 Sep 2017

Coe aims to finish on top

Going out with a trophy is the ideal exit for any rider and that is what David Coe is aiming to secure this weekend in Torquay.

The battle for the 300 AM title is the closest we have in the UK series this year with just five points separating David Coe with second-placed Richard Cable heading into the final round.

Coe was first over the line in the season opening race in Greenock but it was Cable who was the pacesetter after a weekend of racing in Scotland courtesy of two race wins and a second which bagged him 68 points compared to Coe’s 61.

Roles were reversed in Milford Haven when Cable stumbled in race one to finish fourth while Coe took first. The subsequent two races were split between the pair with a win and a second apiece.

Despite three race wins under his belt, Coe’s achievements have come as a surprise to himself.

"After training hard all winter for this season I still did not expect to be leading at this point. Richard is fast and, if all goes well for him, I am unlikely to catch him," Coe said.

"Greenock was a tough event and I suffered a crash and some injuries, whereas I really hoped to do well during my home round in Wales."

"The first race was good but in the second I lost my goggles hitting a wave face-first. On day two I got a great start and just went flat out, Richard caught up with me though and it was a dash for the finish line which I only just beat him to."

"Richard has been great to compete against and is very willing to give advice, although I am sure he has a few racing tricks up his sleeve."

Coe’s position at the top is reward for the tactical riding he has displayed since moving up from the 250 AM at the beginning of this season.

Even with his place aloft the table, it may be his last campaign on the AquaX series as he contemplates a return to racing cars in the European Hillclimb Masters next year.

If he is to clinch his first AquaX title in his final year then Coe will need to battle hard to resist Cable’s efforts and he believes a lot will come down to the weather on the English coast.

"Weather will play its part, if its calm Richard's Yamaha will have an edge but if its blowing a gale with big waves then I might have a chance,” Coe explained.

"Regardless, I will be putting in 110 per cent effort. I don't want to look back and say to myself I could have tried harder."

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