Josh Coppins sprays some SA loam
Bopping continues to impress with a fourth place finish at Murray Bridge

CDR Yamaha In Control as MX Nats hits Halfway

21 May 2012

Josh Coppins and his CDR Yamaha team holds the championship point’s leaders red plate in the premier MX1 class as the 2012 MX Nationals reached the half way point after round five at Murray Bridge was held over the weekend.

Coppins had a dirty day, by his lofty standards, at Murray Bridge taking sixth overall for the round after a final moto fall dropped him valuable positions. The wet and heavy track saw Coppins struggle to hit his best form but he battled on bravely to secure as many points as possible and keep his handy championship lead intact.

The opening two motos were solid without being spectacular but a collision with Jake Moss in the final moto set him back several positions and left him off the podium. His three moto scores were 3-6-8 and gave him sixth overall for the day but he still holds the lead in the championship.

“I just didn’t ride well at all,” Coppins lamented. “I really like the look of this track and it is a challenge to ride which I like, but both times I have raced here, I have had issues.  The positive is that I still have the lead and the damage wasn’t too bad.”

Coppins now heads to Europe for the next five weeks to attend some international events in the UK and Belgium before jetting back in just prior to round six at Hervey Bay in Queensland.

Lawson Bopping maintained his consistent form with a hard earned fourth place finish for the round. After a slow start in moto one and a seventh place finish, Bopping rounded out the day strongly with 4-3 results to just miss his third podium finish in a row.

Bopping holds down fourth in the championship and continues to develop as a racer as the series progresses. He will also head overseas with a riding trip to the US planned for the break.

“Today was ok. The first race was a bit average, but the next two were a big improvement and I was able to race better especially in the final 30 minute moto. Starts were probably my biggest problem today as the track is tight in the first few turns and that causes the field to spread out quickly,” Bopping said.

Team owner, Craig Dack remains reasonably up beat despite the challenging day but expresses a repeat of this round wouldn’t be good for his riders and team.

“Today shows how deep and talented the MX1 field is and how tough it is to win a championship like the MX Nationals. We have an international field on high quality bikes and teams and it doesn’t take much to go wrong to miss out on vital points.”

“Josh got caught up in a fall in the last moto and dropped back to 14th place but did well to get back into some reasonable points and hold his lead in the championship.”

“Lawson struggled early, but I’m happy that he bounced back in the final two motos and showed some real heart in the final race to be within a few seconds of the leaders after 30 minutes.”

“With the gap between the rounds, it will allow us to get things back on track and reinforce the same goals and team values we had at the start of the championship.”

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Round Five Results – MX1
Murray Bridge

1st Todd Waters 72 - Suzuki
2nd Brad Anderson 63 - Honda
3rd Tye Simmonds 56 - Honda
4th Lawson Bopping 52 – CDR Yamaha
5th Cody Cooper 49 - Suzuki
6th Josh Coppins 48 – CDR Yamaha
7th Daniel Reardon 40 - KTM
8th Daniel McCoy 39 - Suzuki
9th Dean Porter 33 - Suzuki
10th Jay Marmont 30 – Kawasaki

MX1 Championship Standings – After Round 5
1st Josh Coppins 301 – CDR Yamaha
2nd Todd Waters 280
3rd Brad Anderson 274
4th Lawson Bopping 255 – CDR Yamaha
5th Tye Simmonds 234
6th Cody Cooper 232
7th Jay Marmont 207
8th Jake Moss 171
9th Daniel McCoy 164
10th Daniel Reardon 147

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