Overnight rain threatened to make the clay based track a quagmire but riders were welcomed with partially blue skies on Sunday morning in time to dry the most of the moisture and make for perfect racing conditions. Coppins grabbed what was probably his best start of the season in moto 1 but seemed to struggle with the handling of his machine and the Kiwi hit the ground twice. He managed to put in a last minute charge to pass Steve Ramon for 10th spot but was disappointed with his result.
Once again Coppins was placed well in the start and tried to hang on to first moto winner Maxi Nagl. A revived Ramon, found a way past Coppins and went after Nagl with the New Zealander having to defend his 3rd position. The number 6 Yamaha, never faltered and managed to keep a charging Jonathan Barragan at bay to claim a podium finish.
“I had probably my best starts of the season today so I was pumped with the work that Yamaha had done in the week to give us a little bit more of an advantage. I struggled with my front suspension this weekend and couldn’t get any traction but we finally found a comfortable setting in the last race. I was happy to finish on the podium in the final moto after a really tough season. I also want to give it up to my Yamaha Monster team-mate, David Philippaerts. He rode a great season and proved to be the best. I’m happy for Yamaha and the team after last year’s disappointment and want to thank them as well as all my sponsors, THOR, PARTS UNLIMITED, AIROH, MONSTER, ALPINESTARS, SCOTT, HYUNDAI, KRM Motorhomes, for all their support. We had a solid effort this year and I look forward to working hard for next season and challenging for the title.” commented Coppins.
With the 2008 MX GP season now wrapped up, Coppins will spear-head Team New Zealand in two weeks time at the Motocross of Nations to be held in Donington Park in the UK.