Monday, August 20


CDR Yamaha's Josh Coppins edged closer to the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals series victory with a round win in the premier MX1 category at the ninth and penultimate round of the championship at Moree over the weekend.

In a tightly contested round, Coppins took a narrow two point round win over his championship rival, Todd Waters, to increase his lead to 14 points with just one round remaining at Coolum this coming weekend.

On board his CDR Yamaha YZ450F, Coppins finished 2-2-1 results in the three points paying motos to win the day and set up a grandstand finish at the final round which is Coppins last as a professional racer.

"The first two races were a bit of a struggle as I got a bit of arm pump and had to ride through it but it was good to finish on a strong note and win the final moto," Coppins explains.

"To win the round, gain a few points in the championship means it was a good day for me and the CDR team, but a 14 point lead with three races and 75 points on offer, isn't much and there is still a lot of laps left to run."

"My bike was good today and we have worked hard to improve the handling on hard pack tracks. Coolum is a bit softer and we already have a good set up for that track so I'm looking forward to getting up there and racing for the championship."

Team mate Lawson Bopping logged fifth for the round at Moree in another consistent performance for the upcoming star of the CDR Yamaha team.

Bopping had to work hard for his results, especially in moto two, where he came back from a first turn fall in and charged his way through the field. He tallied 49 points for the round and maintains an impressive third place in the MX1 championship, behind Coppins and Waters with one round remaining.

"Today was ok, a few little mistakes here and there but otherwise, not bad. I'm probably a bit more comfortable racing on softer dirt and by the final moto today, the Moree track was a really hard packed and slick which makes it difficult to get traction on."

"But, all up, things are going ok and I'm looking forward to racing Coolum as I have done well there plenty of times in the past," Bopping ends.

Team Manager, Craig Dack knows that it will take another strong performance from Coppins at the final round at Coolum to secure the championship but has belief in his lead rider.

"Josh is a total professional and will prepare himself perfectly for the final round. Today, he did exactly what he needed to do and when the final race was there to be won and the points to be had, he knuckled down and got the job done."

"Racing is a strange game and anything can happen, but as a rider and team, we will do everything in our power to ensure the final round goes according to plan."

"Not only do we have a championship at stake with Josh, but Lawson is also battling for a podium position and if he can hold that down, it would be a sensational result for him and the team. We have been impressed with his progress with CDR this year and a good final round will be the icing on the cake," Dack states.

The championship finale takes place at the Coolum pines circuit over two days this weekend. A bumper crowd of over 5000 people packed the venue last year and with the championship on the line, organisers and again expecting dirt bike fans to turn out for the big event.

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Round Nine Results - Moree
1st Josh Coppins - 69 - CDR Yamaha
2nd Todd Waters - 67
3rd Cody Cooper - 61
4th Brad Anderson - 51
5th Lawson Bopping - 49 CDR Yamaha
6th Jay Marmont - 44
7th Billy Mackenzie - 41
8th Daniel McCoy -40
9th Craig Anderson - 38
10th Dean Porter - 31

Championship Standings - After Round Nine
1st Josh Coppins - 549
2nd Todd Waters - 535
3rd Lawson Bopping - 469
4th Brad Anderson - 463
5th Cody Cooper - 449
6th Jay Marmont - 332
7th Jake Moss - 311
8th Daniel Reardon - 301
9th Daniel McCoy - 289
10th Dean Porter - 288