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11 Apr 2012
Yamaha Racing’s three factory supported motocross teams enter round two of the 2012 MX Nationals this weekend at Coonabarabran with confidence high and looking to build on the solid foundations laid at the opening round a fortnight ago.
All three teams had a rider on the podium of their respective classes and well in contention early in the championship. The two week break has given riders and teams’ time to assess the opening round and make the needed adjustments to again posted good results as the championship continues.
CDR Yamaha – MX1
Josh Coppins proved as consistent and reliable as ever at the opening round finishing in the top three in every moto and round the day out in second place. The Coppins SOP is to win the races when he can and finish inside the top three at every opportunity and he will again employ that strategy this weekend. A small bonus for Coppins is that he has previously raced at this venue, an experience he couldn’t draw on last season.
“Conondale went well and the two week break is just enough to fine tuning my training but also keep up my usual routine. The Coonabarabran circuit is without doubt one of the best in Australia and I had a pretty good outing here last time and hope to repeat in 2012,” Coppins states.
Lawson Bopping also posted a good showing at the opening round and currently lies in sixth place on the MX1 table. Bopping as spun plenty of laps at this circuit and hopes that will hold him in good stead for this weekend where he wants progress up the points chart.
“I have some pretty simple goals and one of them is to race better and improve at each and every round. Sixth was a good start and together with the CDR team we have looked at a few things I need to work on and hopefully that work will show up this weekend,” Bopping explains.
To follow the CDR Yamaha team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cdrrockstaryamaha
And for a complete recap on the opening round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyw2oQ6h3xY&feature=youtu.be
SERCO Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing – MX2
The Serco duo of Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke got off to a flying start at the opening round with both guys standing on the podium at the end of the day with a 1-3 result respectively.
Kirk Gibbs had to endure plenty of discomfort on his way to victory last round as he was dealing with a hand injury that required ongoing medical attention throughout the event. The two week break has allowed more recovery time for Gibbs and he heads into the Coonabarabran event with some more ride time under his belt and his hand in better shape.
“While it’s still not 100% and I’ve had to manage it between the rounds, I was at least able to get some bike time in and resume my full off bike training again. I was able to be consistent at the opening round and I think that is going to be the key to winning this championship with so many capable of winning races,” Gibbs offers.
Luke Styke surprised many with his spirited racing at the opening round and a third for the day was a good reward for his efforts. He proved he has what it takes to run up the front in the ultra competitive MX2 class and now needs to continue his good form throughout the series.
“Round one was a good start for me and it has set a level I want to race at each and every weekend. I know I have the bike, team and done the hard work to continue getting top results so it’s now up to me to ensure I get it done on the race track and make the most of every race.”
To follow Serco Yamaha on Facebook; www.facebook.com/sercoyamaha
A video on the teams photo shoot and round one can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxs0-77Jd64&feature=share
GYTR Yamaha - MXD
It was a case of mixed fortunes for the Yamaha Under 19 team at round one with one rider on the podium and the other out with a broken hand in the first race.
Sam Martin didn’t have it easy on his way to a third place finish at Conondale as he struggled with a shoulder injury. He was able to post consistent scores to make the podium but now wants to step up the pace as his shoulder gains strength.
“I guess I’m a bit like Gibbs in that the first round was a battle to get through and having to use the time between the rounds to manage and recover from our injuries. I have been able to get some riding in and continue training so that is positive and I feel a little better heading into this round than I did at Conondale.”
Unfortunately team mate Shaun Redhead will miss round two after sustain a broken bone in his hand as well as a broken big toe after crashing at Conondale. Redhead is expected back for round three at Wonthaggi but is devastated about his injury and the massive blow to his championship campaign.
“I feel pretty lousy at the moment. My hand and toe will heal back to 100% but the fact that I crashed out so early in the race and the season was silly and I have let myself down. But I can’t change it now, all I can do is learn from it and then come back strongly when I’m back to full fitness,” said a dejected Redhead.
To follow GYTR Yamaha on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GYTRYamaha
And for a special look at the Conondale circuit from the cross bar pad of Shaun Redhead’s YZ250F: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-E2Sgk0fh0
Championship Standings- After Round One
1. Ben Townley 75
2. Josh Coppins 62 – CDR Yamaha
3. Todd Waters 54
4. Jake Moss 46
5. Brad Anderson 44
6. Lawson Bopping 41 – CDR Yamaha
7. Jay Marmont 41
8. Cody Cooper 38
9. Tye Simmonds 38
10. Billy Mackenzie 34
1. Kirk Gibbs 63 – Serco Yamaha
2. Ford Dale 62
3. Luke Styke 57 – Serco Yamaha
4. Josh Cachia 56
5. Adam Monea 50
6. Justin McDonald 48
7. Kade Mosig 44
8. Cheyne Boyd 35
9. Lewis Woods 35
10. Brock Winston 31
1. Dylan Long 72
2. Kayne Lamont 58
3. Sam Martin 49 – GYTR Yamaha
4. Jay Wilson 48
5. Dylan Leary 47
6. Kale Makeham 45
7. Mitch Norris 43
8. Dion Picard 41
9. Mitch Budd 38
10. Joel Milesevic 34