Josh Coppins takes a hard fought round win at Appin Raceway
Lawson Bopping moves to third in the MX1 class after round eight

Coppins Consolidates Championship Lead in MX Nats

30 Jul 2012

On an emotional day where the New Zealander announced his retirement from full time professional racing at the end of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals, Josh Coppins also claimed the overall win at round eight at Appin Raceway, Sydney.

Coppins started brightly on his CDR Yamaha YZ450F, posting the second fastest qualifying time behind team mate Lawson Bopping and was confident about what the day would bring. In what has become typical Coppins style, he started slowly in the opening back to back motos finishing with 4-2 results and coming to grips with the hard packed Appin surface.

Then with the emotional package of his retirement announcement finalised in the lunch break, Coppins burst from the blocks early in race three and proceeded to check out on his competitors. His consistent 4-2-1 results netted Coppins the round win and built his lead to 12 points for the championship with just two rounds remaining.

“While the track wasn’t difficult, it was a challenge to ride as it was hard to read traction in the surface. The hard dirt often looked tacky but was quite slippery and then in the final moto, it was like the moisture was coming back to the surface again and it was easy to get over aggressive on the throttle or attack the turns too hard.

“Fortunately, I was able to get a great start in the last moto and just work on doing my best laps and building a lead.

“It was nice to get the retirement announcement out of the way as it has been weighing on my mind and every interview I did, it was a question that I was asked. So to win the day and have the announcement was a big relief and a nice day for the CDR team and sponsors,” Coppins said.

While team mate Lawson Bopping didn’t have a great day, he finished sixth for the round, he was able to claw back some points in the championship and move into third spot for the championship.

Bopping was on fire during the qualifying session posting the fastest time, but average starts in the first two motos left him charging from the back of the pack and scrounging for points. He clawed his way back to fifth in each of the first two motos but wanted a better result in the final 30 minute moto.

Things didn’t start out well as he rounded the first lap in 14th place and with plenty of work ahead of him. He put his head down and with two laps to go was knocking on the door of third place and looking for a way by. But hard luck struck as he miscued a rut and went down and could only salvage eighth place.

“It was a tough day and the results don’t really show how I raced. My track speed was good, just starts let me down and I was always stuck in traffic in the early laps of the race.

“I feel confident on the bike but I will get in plenty of practice on my starts before the next round,” Bopping explains.

“It was a day where the entire team had to work hard for the results today,” Team manager Craig Dack states. “After years on the GP circuit and longer races, Josh struggles to get going in the back to back races, but always comes into his own in the final long race. It finished up a good day for him and I feel confident he is back riding in good form.”

“Lawson just couldn’t get through the first turn anywhere near the front. His ride in the final race was heart breaking as he put in a huge effort to get near the top three and then to throw it away was shattering. He will have better days but the positive was the he moved to third in the championship.”

The penultimate round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals takes place at Moree on August 18/19. The CDR Yamaha team will look to build on the confidence and momentum gained at the Appin round.

For a full list of results; www.mxnationals.com.au

To follow the CDR Yamaha team on Facebook; www.facebook.com/cdrrockstaryamaha

Round Eight Results- Appin
MX1

1st Josh Coppins – 65 (CDR Yamaha)
2nd Todd Waters – 61
3rd Jake Moss – 56
4th Cody Cooper – 52
5th Daniel Reardon – 51
6th Lawson Bopping – 45 (CDR Yamaha)
7th Dean Porter – 40
8th Billy Mackenzie – 38
9th Jay Marmont – 34
10th Brad Anderson - 32

Championship Standings- After Eight Rounds
1st Josh Coppins -480 (CDR Yamaha)
2nd Todd Waters - 468
3rd Lawson Bopping – 420 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Brad Anderson -412
5th Cody Cooper -388
6th Jake Moss - 311
7th Jay Marmont - 288
8th Daniel Reardon -278
9th Dean Porter -257
10th Daniel McCoy- 249

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