Coppins Frustrated with Bulgarian MX GP Result

May 12, 2008 6:35am

Factory Yamaha Monster racer, Josh Coppins, was dissatisfied with his performance at the fourth round of  the FIM Motocross World champs held in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.  With scattered showers mixing up the track conditions, Coppins battled with starts in both motos which consequently lost the New Zealander valuable points in the MX1 title chase.

Coppins was the fastest rider in the Sunday warm up session and felt confident for a good race result however a bad start in moto 1 ruined the Kiwi’s chances of challenging for the moto win.  Coppins progressed up the rankings during the 35 minute moto and shut down the leading pack of fellow team-mate Philippaerts, Barragan, and De Reuver with minutes left on the clock.  A last lap charge had Coppins breathing all over De Reuver but to no avail has he crossed the line in fourth, only eight seconds adrift of winner, Philippaerts.

A rain shower  between moto’s would make for a wet second race. Coppins had a mammoth task ahead as he hit a rider going down the start straight and was pushed back in the pack. Fallen riders on the first lap held Coppins up again as he was left outside the top ten with tons of work to do.   7th spot was the best the Kiwi could produce as the checkered flag was waved for the end to a tough GP.

“I’m quite frustrated at the moment,” admitted Coppins. “I was pleased with my qualifying yesterday and this morning I was fastest in warm up which put me in a good mindset.  I didn’t get the starts I needed today and in the first moto I took too long to get going.  After the 10th lap I stepped it up and closed down the front pack but too late to gain some vital positions.  The second moto start was a disaster and I was way back in the pack which, with the track being really fast and one-lined after the rain, meant that it would be difficult to make up lost ground.  I have to say  my starts and not being fast enough in the opening laps let me down this weekend and this is something I have to work on for the next GP.”  

Coppins still occupies third in the MX1 championship standings and is 34 points adrift of fellow Yamaha Monster team-mate, David Philippaerts who leads.

With no time to rest, the Factory Yamaha Monster rider will head to Mantova in Italy for round 5, next weekend. (17-18 May)

Image: CDS

Race results:

MX1 Race 1

1        Philippaerts, David     ITA     Yamaha

2        Barragan, Jonathan   ESP     KTM

3        de Reuver, Marc       NED    Honda

4          Coppins, Joshua       NZL     Yamaha

5        Ramon, Steve BEL     Suzuki

6        Bill, Julien       SUI     Honda

7        Leok, Tanel    EST    Kawasaki

8        Pourcel, Sebastien    FRA     Kawasaki

9        Desalle, Clement       BEL     Suzuki

10      de Dycker, Ken         BEL     Suzuki

11      Nagl, Maximilian        GER     KTM

12      Brown, Mike   USA    Honda

13      Nemeth, Kornel         HUN    KTM

14      Priem, Manuel BEL     Kawasaki

15      Mackenzie, Billy        GBR     Honda


MX1 Race 2

1        Pourcel, Sebastien    FRA     Kawasaki

2        Philippaerts, David     ITA     Yamaha

3        Ramon, Steve BEL     Suzuki

4        Barragan, Jonathan   ESP     KTM

5        de Reuver, Marc       NED    Honda

6        Mackenzie, Billy        GBR     Honda

7          Coppins, Joshua       NZL     Yamaha

8        Bill, Julien       SUI     Honda

9        Nagl, Maximilian        GER     KTM

10      Brown, Mike   USA    Honda

11      de Dycker, Ken         BEL     Suzuki

12      Priem, Manuel BEL     Kawasaki

13      Schiffer, Marcus       GER     KTM

14      Leok, Tanel    EST    Kawasaki

15      Nemeth, Kornel         HUN    KTM


MX1 World championship standings:

1        Philippaerts, D.         ITA     149

2        Ramon, Steve BEL     132

3          Coppins, J.    NZL     115

4        Mackenzie, B. GBR     100

5        de Dycker, Ken         BEL     98

6        Barragan, J.   ESP     94

7        Pourcel, S.     FRA     90

8        Nagl, M.        GER     80

9        de Reuver, M. NED    76

10      Leok, Tanel    EST    71

11      Brown, Mike   USA    62

12      Nemeth, Kornel         HUN    62

13      Priem, Manuel BEL     56

14      Desalle, C.     BEL     55

15      Schiffer, M.    GER     40