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Coppins posts another top 10 GP result

Tuesday 10 August 2010, 7:55AM
By Josh "Lizzard" Coppins
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A muddy Czech MX GP has seen factory Aprilia racer, Josh Coppins, post another top 10 result in front of 21.000 motocross mad spectators in Loket this weekend.

Heavy rainfall prior to the event forced organizers to cancel the Saturday qualification race to preserve track conditions which left Coppins with 18th position in the timed practice.

With track conditions drying somewhat but leaving a one-lined circuit, Coppins knew that a good start would be important for the first moto. Getting good drive out the gate he was positioned well but then a small mistake on one of the steep uphill climbs lost Coppins some valuable positions. He battled to make further progress from thereon in and had to settle for 13th position.

Another good start had Coppins in 8th on the first lap. He battled with Maxi Nagl and Ken De Dycker before losing touch. He managed to conjure up a fighting spirit towards the end of the moto when David Philippaerts was making his way through the pack from a crash. Coppins held off the Italian for many laps before crossing the line in 10th for 10th overall.

“It was actually a very tough weekend,” admitted Coppins. “We battled with bike set up due to the different conditions but as the weekend went on the team kept on improving the bike. I did not ride well in the first moto and battled to find my rhythm but I was much happier with moto 2 where I got to battle with David Philippaerts for a long time. I am looking forward to Brazil and then Lierop. I am really motivated to put in a good result.”

Race results:

MX1 Race 1
1 Leok, Tanel EST Honda
2 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
3 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki
4 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha
5 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM
6 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki
7 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki
8 Aubin, Nicolas FRA Kawasaki
9 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda
10 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM
11 de Dycker, Ken BEL Yamaha
12 Swanepoel, Gareth RSA Honda
13 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia
14 Barragan, Jonathan ESP Kawasaki
15 Soubeyras, Cedric FRA KTM

MX1 Race 2
1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
2 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki
3 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki
4 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM
5 Leok, Tanel EST Honda
6 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki
7 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda
8 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM
9 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha
10 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia
11 Church, Tom GBR CCM
12 Bill, Julien SUI KTM
13 Albertson, Jimmy USA Honda
14 Walkner, Matthias AUT KTM
15 Bonini, Matteo ITA Yamaha

Mx1 GP Overall:
1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM 47
2 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki 42
3 Leok, Tanel EST Honda 41
4 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki 35
5 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM 34
6 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha 30
7 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda 26
8 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM 24
9 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki 20
10 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia 19
11 Church, Tom GBR CCM 14
12 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki 14
13 Aubin, Nicolas FRA Kawasaki 13
14 de Dycker, Ken BEL Yamaha 10
15 Bill, Julien SUI KTM 9

MX1 World Championship standings:
1 Cairoli, A. ITA 531
2 Desalle, C. BEL 447
3 Philippaerts, D. ITA 394
4 Nagl, M. GER 382
5 Ramon, Steve BEL 376
6 de Dycker, Ken BEL 309
7 Leok, Tanel EST 290
8 Boog, Xavier FRA 276
9 Bobryshev, E. RUS 270
10 Guarneri, D. ITA 213
11 Strijbos, K. BEL 201
12 Coppins, J. NZL 184
13 Swanepoel, G. RSA 182
14 Goncalves, Rui POR 177
15 Boissiere, A. FRA 145





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