Josh Coppins breaks through for his first Australian MX National victory
Jay Marmont roared back into contention with a third place finish at Appin

CDR Rockstar Yamaha Restore Pride At MX Nats

4 Apr 2011

A three week team soul searching mission and some extensive testing on the race bikes has paid huge dividends for the CDR Rockstar Yamaha duo of Josh Coppins and Jay Marmont as they pulled off a sensational 1-3 result at round two of the MX Nationals held at Appin over the weekend.

After the huge disappointment of round one where the team struggled to seventh and ninth places, Coppins and Marmont showed the fight and spirit team boss Craig Dack was looking for with Coppins taking the round win and Marmont nailing down third for the round.

Fighting off an ankle injury sustained at a recent round of the New Zealand Motocross Championships, Coppins limped his way into the Appin circuit but the Kiwi gritted his teeth and got down to business of re-establishing himself in this championship.

In the two by back to back race format, Coppins produced consistently good results to take the round win with 2-3-4-2 positions in the premier Pro Open class. The rough and rutty track spells danger for any rider carrying an ankle injury but Coppins smooth style and world championship experience saw him take the round win, rocket up to third in the championship and keep his ginger ankle out of harms way.

“Things obviously went a lot better today than the opening round,” said Coppins. “I was able to keep clear of trouble in all four motos and focused on putting in the best laps I could given the conditions and my ankle.”

“I also must give credit to the CDR Rockstar Team. Everyone worked tirelessly since round one to ensure the bike was perfect and that I had no excuses.”

“This is also my first win in Australia, the championship points got a lot tighter and I think we are starting to pick up some momentum,” Coppins signs off.

Jay Marmont entered round two with the motocross community questioning if he has what it takes to win this years’ championship. Marmont answered in the best way possible, by slamming his number 1 plated YZ450 at the head of the field and racing with his heart on his sleeve.

After the opening three motos, Marmont was right in contention to take the round win day but a first turn crash in race four left him well down the field and the round win slip through his fingers. Still he fought on and charged back inside the top 10 to finish the day with 4-4-2-8 places and the final spot on the podium in the Pro Open division.

“I came into today determined to get a better result, one that I was proud off and while I didn’t win the day it was a huge step in the right direction and I feel like I put in a good effort,” Marmont said.

“It was a shame that I could quite seal the deal for the round as I crashed in the first turn of the last race, but I think I have clawed back a lot of points and look forward to the next round at Raymond Terrace,” Marmont enthuses.

Craig Dack, Team CDR Rockstar Yamaha Manager,  was in a much happier frame of mind leaving the Appin venue and is proud of the effort and energy his riders and team put in.

“We were under the pump at round one and had plenty of work to do to get back in the hunt. The team pulled together well and got the improvement out of the bikes we needed and the riders showed good mental strength to fight back from a disappointing round one.”

“We still have a long way to go and but we leave Appin with a positive frame of mind and ready for the next challenge at Raymond Terrace.

For a full list of results and more information, please visit www.mxnationals.com.au

Round Two Results – Appin
Pro Open.

Qualifying:  Jay Marmont- P1 / Josh Coppins – P3

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Josh Coppins

Yamaha

2-3-4-2

80points

2nd Dean Ferris

Kawasaki

10-6-1-1

76points

3rd Jay Marmont

Yamaha

4-4-2-8

71points

4th Michael Phillips

Honda

3-8-3-5

69points

5th Ryan Marmont

KTM

0-1-8-2

60points

6th Cheyne Boyd

Honda

5-5-6-14

54points

7th Lawson Bopping

Suzuki

6-2-0-7

51points

8th Billy Mackenzie

Kawasaki

8-10-5-13

48points

9th Louis Calvin

KTM

7-9-12-9

47points

10th Lewis Woods

KTM

12-15-9-6

42points

  

Championship Standings- After Round Two
Rockstar Energy Drink Pro Open

1. Dean Ferris 139
2. Billy Mackenzie 137
3. Josh Coppins 134
4. Ryan Marmont 128
5. Cheyne Boyd 123
6. Lawson Bopping 121
7. Jay Marmont 118
8. Michael Phillips 113
9. Louis Calvin 99
10. Cody Cooper 96

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