News 20 Aug 2012

CDR Yamaha remain focused ahead of Coolum title showdown

Scoring another win at Moree's round nine of the series, CDR Yamaha's Josh Coppins has edged himself one step closer to taking home the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 title.

Josh Coppins remains focused ahead of the season finale in Coolum. Image: Simon Makker/

Scoring another win at Moree’s round nine of the series, CDR Yamaha’s Josh Coppins has edged himself one step closer to taking home the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 title.

Heading into the season finale at Coolum in Queensland, Coppins holds a slim 14-point lead over Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s ultra-consistent Todd Waters.

But the Kiwi veteran of the sport knows that this is racing and anything can happen with the amount of points on offer at each round.

“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.”

Coppins believes he has a solid set up for the Coolum circuit and looks forward to racing for the championship.

“My bike was good today and we have worked hard to improve the handling on hard pack tracks,” he added. “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.”

CDR Yamaha team owner Craig Dack is confident within his rider and his ability, while acknowledging that the championship is not over until it is over.

“Josh is a total professional and will prepare himself perfectly for the final round,” said Dack. “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.”

Dack also keeps a watchful eye over CDR Yamaha newcomer Lawson Bopping as he battles for a top three championship finish.

“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,” Dack explained. “We have been impressed with his progress with CDR this year and a good final round will be the icing on the cake.”

The 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals season will wrap up this weekend at Coolum on 25-26 August.