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Coppins posts strong result in Brazil

Tuesday 24 August 2010, 8:21AM
By Josh "Lizzard" Coppins
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Factory Aprilia racer, Josh Coppins has posted a strong result at round 13 of the 15 round FIM Motocross world championship in Campo Grande, Brazil. The spectacular, purpose built facility welcomed riders to warm humid weather conditions with the red coloured underground offering a loamy base with big jumps and technical sections.

Coppins stayed out of trouble in his qualification race and although he did not get the start he wanted he secured 10th spot.

As the gate dropped for moto 1, Coppins pushed his way into the top 10 behind Cairoli and Steve Ramon. He trailed the Belgian for most of the race and then put in a last minute charge on a tiring Tanel Leok but finished two seconds adrift of the Estonian.

The final moto would turn out to be a great ride for Coppins. Once again Coppins had to push hard to break into the top ten after he did not get the start he needed. He put his head down and used his superior fitness to pressure and pick off riders one by one. Arround the halfway mark Coppins kicked it up a gear and moved past Albertson, Leok and then Guarneri to secure 7th place by the end of the 35 minute + 2 lap race.

“I really enjoyed the track this weekend” smiled Coppins. “I was pumped with the second moto and managed to find a good rhythm. I guess the heat and humidity got to some of the guys but I used it to my advantage and managed to capitalize on some positions towards the end of the second moto. I am really enjoying the bike and am looking forward to Lierop in two weeks. I believe we can get out best result of the season there.”

Race results:

MX1 Race 1
1 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha
2 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
3 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki
4 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM
5 Guarneri, Davide ITA Honda
6 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM
7 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki
8 Leok, Tanel EST Honda
9 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia
10 Albertson, Jimmy USA Honda
11 Balbi, Antonio BRA Kawasaki
12 Castro, Roberto CRC Kawasaki
13 Paulino, Joao BRA Honda
14 Zenni, Rafael BRA Honda
15 Lima, Marcello BRA Kawasaki

Mx1 Race 2
1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
2 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha
3 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM
4 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki
5 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM
6 Boog, Xavier FRA Kawasaki
7 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia
8 Guarneri, Davide ITA Honda
9 Albertson, Jimmy USA Honda
10 Leok, Tanel EST Honda
11 Balbi, Antonio BRA Kawasaki
12 Paulino, Joao BRA Honda
13 Felipe, Jose Gerardo ARG Kawasaki
14 Garcia, Wellington BRA Honda
15 Zenni, Rafael BRA Honda

MX1 GP Overall:
1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM 47
2 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha 47
3 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM 38
4 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki 32
5 Goncalves, Rui POR KTM 31
6 Guarneri, Davide ITA Honda 29
7 Coppins, Joshua NZL Aprilia 26
8 Leok, Tanel EST Honda 24
9 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki 24
10 Albertson, Jimmy USA Honda 23
11 Balbi, Antonio BRA Kawasaki 20
12 Paulino, Joao BRA Honda 17
13 Boog, Xavier FRA Kawasaki 15
14 Castro, Roberto CRC Kawasaki 14
15 Felipe, Jose Gerardo ARG Kawasaki 13

MX1 World Championship standings:
1 Cairoli, A. ITA 578
2 Desalle, C. BEL 471
3 Philippaerts, D. ITA 441
4 Nagl, M. GER 420
5 Ramon, Steve BEL 408
6 Leok, Tanel EST 314
7 de Dycker, Ken BEL 309
8 Boog, Xavier FRA 291
9 Bobryshev, E. RUS 270
10 Guarneri, D. ITA 242
11 Coppins, J. NZL 210
12 Goncalves, Rui POR 208
13 Strijbos, K. BEL 201
14 Swanepoel, G. RSA 182
15 Boissiere, A. FRA 145


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