Irish rider David O'Loughlin has successfully qualified for this evening's final of the points race at the World cycling Championships in Palma, Majorca.

The Navigators professional had a puncture immediately before the start of the race but got a wheel change and went on to take sixth in his heat, with the first 11 of the 13 riders there to go through.

He was one of four riders who gained a lap on the field in the first half of the 60-lap (15km) event, getting 20 points, and was then able to ease back somewhat and save his energies for tonight's final.

Greek rider Ioannis Tamouridis gained two laps and topped the heat, with Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) coming out best in the morning's other heat.

A total of 22 riders will go through to the final this evening, and O'Loughlin is hoping for a good performance there.

His is the first Irish participant at the championships since Phil Collins and Declan Lonergan back in 1996.