Josh Coppins takes a 14point lead into the final round of the 2012 MX Nationals
Coppins in action

Coppins Last Hurrah in MX Nats Championship Showdown

23 Aug 2012

After 17 years racing a dirt bike as a professional racer, the final round of the 2012 MX Nationals this weekend at Coolum will be the last time the CDR Yamaha legend will compete in the MX Nationals as he recently announced his retirement from full time racing at the seasons’ end.

Coppins, who returned to Australia after 15 years on the World GP scene highlighted with several GP victories and runner up in the world championship on two occasions, heads into the final round with a 14 point lead in the prestigious MX1 championship on board his Yamaha YZ450F.

Always the consummate professional, Coppins has prepared for the event as always and looking forward to racing the always challenging Coolum Pines circuit. It is only fitting that in this event, Coppins is elbows deep in a championship chase and looking to end his career on a high note.

“Because I announced my decision a while ago, the emotion of it all has subsided and it has allowed me to simply do what I always do. My plan for this weekend is the same as any other weekend; race to the best of my ability and enjoy what I do.”

“Regardless of the outcome, I have had a sensational career and something I’m proud of. As I mentioned in my retirement announcement, my only regret is that I didn’t return to Australia sooner as I have had an amazing two years racing here and the CDR Yamaha team have been the perfect fit for me.”

“I’m excited about the weekend and at the same time just as excited about what the future brings. Come Sunday Night, it will be over and another new set of challenges will face me.”

“But it would be nice to finish the job here with CDR Yamaha and give the team a championship they deserve,” Coppins finishes.

Coppins still has some racing commitments to forfill before he hangs up the boots entirely. He will represent New Zealand at the Motocross of Nations and also compete at selected events in Europe. His presence both at domestic and international level will be missed.

To celebrate the career of Josh Coppins, Yamaha has prepared a highlights video of his time with CDR Yamaha. To view,

For those going to the championship finale, Yamaha are also giving away a TTR50 – so get trackside for you chance to win with all money raised going to the Wishlist Health Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works with the Sunshine Coast community and business to provide medical equipment, support and training for the Sunshine Coast residents.

Josh Coppins Career Profile
2nd MX Nationals Australia MX1 - 2011
11th World GP MX1 – 2010
6th World GP MX1– 2009
5th World GP MX1 – 2008
3rd World GP MX1 – 2007
7th World GP MX1 – 2006
2nd World GP MX1 – 2005
3rd World GP MX1 – 2004
2nd World GP 250cc - 2003    

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