News 18 May 2010

Oz MX: Suzuki's Cooper finds form at Toowoomba round

Kiwi Cody Cooper returned to form at Toowoomba last weekend.

Kiwi Cody Cooper returned to form at Toowoomba last weekend.

Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki star Cody Cooper returned to form at the Toowoomba round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals in Queensland last weekend, battling for the podium throughout the round.

After struggling early in the season with the dry, hard pack Australian surfaces, Cooper showed why he is regarded as one of the fastest riders in the country.

After qualifying fifth fastest, Cooper was quickly on the pace aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 in the first of the three Pro Open motos, and fought an epic battle with Tye Simmonds and Dean Ferris, being pipped for a podium finish on the final lap.

In the second moto, Cooper grabbed the holeshot and was involved in an absorbing battle with an in-form Billy Mackenzie on the Scot’s home circuit. Eventually finishing second, Cooper notched the fastest lap time for the race and proved he is back on top of his game.

Another fifth in the final moto secured his best points haul for the season and fourth position for the round.

Cooper now finds himself seventh overall, but has improved his points haul in every round and is looking forward to the next round at Raymond Terrace, NSW.

“Cody gets better and better each round as he gets more familiar with the bike and the different Australian tracks,” explained team manager Jay Foreman.

After qualifying well, Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki Pro Lites young gun Lawson Bopping endured a difficult round. Bopping was on top of his game at the last round in Canberra, but finished this round in 11th position.

His 30 points saw him drop to sixth overall in the Pro Lites championship, however the team is confident he can reclaim the 2009 form that saw him the heir apparent to Matt Moss’s Pro Lites crown.

“Lawson finished last year in fantastic form, getting stronger and stronger with each round and we know he’s good enough to do the same this year,” Foreman continued.

Foreman was philosophical about the day’s results overall.

“We have the equipment, we have the riders and we look forward to Suzuki pushing its way to the top of the table again in both championships,” he concluded.