Saturday, November 30

HONDA 1-2 IN SUPERCROSS CHAMPS

Cody Cooper, unbeaten in all six races of this year's New Zealand Supercross Championship.
By MICHAEL ESDAILE

TAURANGA’S Cody Cooper successfully defended his New Zealand Supercross Championship in the best way possible.  The Honda man was unbeaten in the six races that made up the national championship, decided over two rounds on successive weekends in the South Island.

Cooper got his title defence rolling by winning all three races at the opening round at Timaru and had the title locked up with a race in hand at the final round near Winton.

Although not an official part of the Burt Munro Challenge weekend, the Supercross, staged on Jim Cooper’s dairy farm north-west of Winton on November 28, was better run than the official events.

The flag marshals were well-drilled, there were no long breaks between races and the almost 3000-strong crowd witnessed some thrilling racing.

Going into the round Cooper’s strongest competition had come from Yamaha riding Australian Matt Howorth but a strong charge from Honda-riding Aussie Sam Duncanson in the final race saw him edge Howorth for second place in the Supercross Championship, giving Honda a 1-2 in the MX1 class.

Sam Duncanson, second in the MX1 title chase after a strong final race at Winton.


Duncanson got closer to Cooper in the final race at Winton than anyone, partly because Cooper was being cautious as moisture from the early evening air made the well laid out track a little slippery in places.

Cooper thought the Winton track, designed by Mason Phillips, was pretty good.

Part of the almost 3000-strong crowd at Jim Cooper's dairy farm north-west of Winton.
“It was quite technical for a New Zealand track.  It was a good layout, there was a good crowd and it was a good event,” Cooper said.


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