Coppins takes Nationals win at Round 2 in Coonabarabran
CDR Yamaha’s Josh Coppins turned in another timeless performance to take the round win and move into the championship lead in the MX1 class, after two rounds of the MX Nationals.
The Goanna Tracks venue at Coonabarabran played host to the second round of the MX Nationals where Josh Coppins turned up the heat on his competitors, taking the round win on the back of his 4-3-1 results. With the round victory combined with his second place finish at the series opener, Coppins sits atop of the championship table, 24 points clear of second place.
“I qualified fifth on Saturday and didn’t feel that good on the track, so I just shifted my focus for Sunday and was able to make it work,” Coppins explains.
“Starts are really important with these shorter races so it was good to get them nailed and I was battling up front every race.”
“Leading now doesn’t mean much as we have a long way to go, but so far things have been going to plan, the CDR team has been working tirelessly and we need to keep the momentum going,” he finishes.
Lawson Bopping finished seventh for the round in a tight knit bunch inside the top 10. Bopping posted the fastest lap in qualifying with a blistering 2:34 flyer that was 1.7 seconds faster than any other rider on the track.
He then went on to post the fastest laps in the opening two races, where he finished fifth and fourth. His day then turned a little sour in the final leg when he went down in the final leg and remounted in dead last position. He charged his way back through the field to finish eighth in an inspiring ride. He now holds down sixth in the championship.
“I felt awesome on the bike all weekend. My starts were ok, but with a group of guys this good, I need to improve them a little so hopefully by the next round I can be closer to the front and challenging for race wins,” Bopping said.
Craig Dack, team owner of CDR Yamaha was in good spirits at the end of the day, happy with the effort, energy and results of his team.
“Both guys put in today and rode with plenty of spirit. Josh relentlessly races his way to the front and doesn’t know how to quit while Lawson is doing a great job and we are very happy with the progress he is making.”
“The next three rounds will be vitally important as the racing surfaces become softer and bike setup is critical but I’m confident in the riders and the staff to make the changes needed and we can continue posting good results.”
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Round two Results – Coonabarabran
1. Josh Coppins 63 – CDR Yamaha
2. Tye Simmonds 56 – Honda
3. Jake Moss 55 – Honda
4. Jay Marmont 54 – Kawasaki
5. Brad Anderson 50 – Honda
6. Cody Cooper 49 – Suzuki
7. Lawson Bopping 48 – CDR Yamaha
8. Daniel McCoy 40 – Suzuki
9. Daniel Reardon 39 – KTM
10. Todd Waters 35 – Suzuki
Championship Standings – After Round Two
1. Josh Coppins 125 – CDR Yamaha
2. Jake Moss 101 – Honda
3. Jay Marmont 95 – Kawasaki
4. Brad Anderson 94 – Honda
5. Tye Simmonds 94 – Honda
6. Lawson Bopping 89 – CDR Yamaha
7. Todd Waters 89 – Suzuki
8. Cody Cooper 87 – Suzuki
9. Ben Townley 75 – Honda
10. Daniel Reardon 72 – KTM