Coppins Triumphs with Double Victory in German MX GP

June 30, 2008 6:46am

Yamaha Monster racer, Josh Coppins, has taken a stellar victory at the 8th round of the FIM Motocross championship in Teutschenthal, Germany. The New Zealander powered his factory YZ450FM to two impressive race wins and has closed to within 4 points of the MX1 championship lead at the halfway mark.

With 34,000 spectators turning out at the ‘Talkessel’ circuit under perfect weather conditions, Coppins lined up 3rd on the starting line for the first moto. The Kiwi exploded out the gate and seemed to have the hole-shot but German, Maxi Nagl, unexpectedly came around the outside of Coppins which allowed Billy MacKenzie to take the lead on lap 1. Coppins quickly moved past Nagl  and then put MacKenzie under pressure for the lead.   The Scotsman made a mistake a few laps later with Coppins capitalizing and taking control of the race. He rode consistently to the checkered flag to gain his first moto win of the season.

The second moto would see fitness play a big role for the riders as the track conditions had deteriorated, making the circuit rough and demanding. Coppins once again had a great jump out the gate but lost out in the second turn to MacKenzie and Pourcel. The Frenchman would go missing on lap 3 and Coppins soon moved past MacKenzie to gain the lead. He rode a faultless race to take a double victory and his first GP  overall of the season.

“I just want to thank all the people who have supported me.  Obviously the results at the start of the season were not what I expected or what the team expected but we knuckled down and worked even harder and knew that the results would come. The  step for me never came in the races but in my training, working with my mechanic, riding on the right tracks and working on the bike. Even though the result in Mallory Park  was not good on paper, I felt there that my riding was improving and that with the hard work we were putting in that it would bring us to the top step of the podium.” commented a delighted Coppins.

The double victory has rocketed Coppins to second in the championship, a mere four points behind fellow Yamaha Monster team-mate, David Philippaerts. The 9th of 15 rounds will take Coppins to the picturesque circuit of Uddevalla in Sweden next week.

Image: CDS

MX1 Race 1

1          Coppins, Joshua       NZL     Yamaha

2        Ramon, Steve BEL     Suzuki

3        Philippaerts, David     ITA     Yamaha

4        de Dycker, Ken         BEL     Suzuki

5        Bill, Julien       SUI     Honda

6        Leok, Tanel    EST    Kawasaki

7        Pourcel, Sebastien    FRA     Kawasaki

8        Priem, Manuel BEL     Kawasaki

9        Leok, Aigar     EST    Yamaha

10      Desalle, Clement       BEL     Suzuki

11      Nemeth, Kornel         HUN    KTM

12      Salvini, Alex   ITA     Suzuki

13      Correira, Luis  POR    Yamaha

14      Barragan, Jonathan   ESP     KTM

15      Mackenzie, Billy        GBR     Honda


Mx1 Race 2

1          Coppins, Joshua       NZL     Yamaha

2        de Dycker, Ken         BEL     Suzuki

3        Leok, Tanel    EST    Kawasaki

4        Nagl, Maximilian        GER     KTM

5        Pourcel, Sebastien    FRA     Kawasaki

6        Philippaerts, David     ITA     Yamaha

7        Bill, Julien       SUI     Honda

8        Leok, Aigar     EST    Yamaha

9        Priem, Manuel BEL     Kawasaki

10      Mackenzie, Billy        GBR     Honda

11      Campano, Carlos       ESP     Yamaha

12      Salvini, Alex   ITA     Suzuki

13      Desalle, Clement       BEL     Suzuki

14      Anderson, Bradley     GBR     Suzuki

15      Schiffer, Marcus       GER     KTM



MX1 World championship standings:

1        Philippaerts, D.         ITA     266

2          Coppins, J.    NZL     262

3        Ramon, Steve BEL     250

4        de Dycker, Ken         BEL     240

5        Pourcel, S.     FRA     231

6        Barragan, J.   ESP     192

7        Leok, Tanel    EST    186

8        Nagl, M.        GER     179

9        Mackenzie, B. GBR     176

10      de Reuver, M. NED    156

11      Desalle, C.     BEL     134

12      Priem, Manuel BEL     129

13      Brown, Mike   USA    107

14      Bill, J.  SUI     106

15      Nemeth, Kornel         HUN    106