Josh Coppins working the deep ruts at Horsham
Lawson Bopping at an off day but still managed fifth for the round

Coppins Captures Podium to Maintain Championship lead

16 Jul 2012

CDR Yamaha’s Josh Coppins maintains his leaders red plate following a third place performance, in the premier MX1 class, at round seven of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Horsham.

The riders faced a wet and rutty track with the area receiving plenty of rain in the lead up to the event but fortunately the rain stayed away on race day and gave way to a challenging day on the track for all riders.

Coppins posted consistent 4-3 results in the opening two back to back motos but undoubtedly the highlight of his day was the final moto win. Coppins had a reasonable start but mid the midway point of the 30 minute moto had charged his way forward to be within striking distance of the race leader. He made his move in the final few laps and secured a hard fought victory.

“I wasn’t happy with the first two motos as I wasn’t hitting my lines or really flowing around the track,” Coppins stated. “In the last moto I just focused on my riding and let the race sort itself out and it worked as I relaxed, got into a good grove and was able to pass my way forward, so I was pleased I finished the day on a strong note.”

Team mate Lawson Bopping claimed fifth for the round but wasn’t happy with his performance. A noted mud and wet weather rider, Bopping was hoping for another strong result after his victory at the previous round but couldn’t put it together on race day and had to settle for fifth overall with 5-4-7 results.

Bopping now sits fourth in the championship with three rounds remaining.

“There really wasn’t one aspect of my riding that I was happy with today. I wasn’t starting well and because I was buried in the pack I wasn’t able to sprint early with the leaders. Every race felt it was a bit of a fight out there, so I need to learn, move on and come back better at Appin in two weeks.

Team owner Craig Dack, takes a philosophical view of the days racing and stresses his riders need to be at their best the final three rounds to have championship success.

“The guys seem to have lost a bit of momentum at this round so we need to work hard over the next couple of weeks to get things back going our way. Both riders are clearly capable of winning races, they just need to refocus on the job at hand and really dig deep at the final few rounds.”

“It was pleasing to see Josh run down the race leaders in the final moto and that should give him plenty of confidence heading into Appin and Moree, both rounds he won in 2011.”

“The fact that we are still first and fourth in the championship despite the average round here at Horsham means we are well placed and our early season form was good, but I will be challenging our riders to come out swinging at Appin and show some real spirit.”

Round eight of the championship now heads for western Sydney where Appin Raceway, near Campbelltown will host the next round.

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Round Seven Results – Horsham
1st Todd Waters 67
2nd Cody Cooper 67
3rd Josh Coppins 63 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Brad Anderson 53
5th Lawson Bopping 48 (CDR Yamaha)
6th Jay Marmont 47
7th Jake Moss 45
8th Daniel McCoy 38
9th Dean Porter 32
10th Daniel Reardon 31

Championship Standings – After Round Seven
1st Josh Coppins 415 (CDR Yamaha)
2nd Todd Waters 407
3rd Brad Anderson 380
4th Lawson Copping 375 (CDR Yamaha)
5th Cody Cooper 336
6th Jake Moss 255
7th Jay Marmont 254
8th Tye Simmonds 234
9th Daniel Reardon 227
10th Daniel McCoy 227

Shayne Rice
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