Coppins Experiences Misfortune at Czech MX GP

New Zealander, Josh Coppins, has experienced rotten luck at the 11th round of the 2007 MX World championships in Loket. The Yamaha Rinaldi rider and leader in the MX1 championship lost valuable championship points in both MX1 motos due to freak technical problems.

Coppins started well in both MX1 moto’s however disaster struck on lap 8 of the first race when he stopped just past the signaling area when a rock jammed the rear brake pedal. Before Coppins could remove the obstruction and continue he had lost too much ground to get back into the points.

A similar fate awaited the Kiwi in the second moto when lost use of the rear brake and crashed after the fast downhill step down obstacle. Coppins slammed into the hay bales and had to retire with a cut above his left eye and a painful shoulder.

“I had two uncontrollable race incidents that have cost me a lot of points in the championship. In the first moto I was third and moving forward when a rock got jammed in the rear brake pedal. The second moto I was well positioned and I was just trying keep calm and be smart. I jumped down the step down but could not stop in time with no rear brake and hit the bank quite hard. My concern at the moment is to nurse my injuries and to be ready for Namur. I’ll know more when I see my doctor tomorrow, explained a disappointed Coppins.

Coppins still holds a 77 point advantage over Steve Ramon and will go into the GP Namur, next week, and will want to limit his points loss next week.

MX1 Race 1

1 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki

2 Philippaerts, David ITA KTM

3 de Dycker, Ken BEL Honda

4 Bill, Julien SUI Honda

5 Leok, Tanel EST Kawasaki

6 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki

7 Mackenzie, Billy GBR Kawasaki

8 Renet, Pierre A. FRA Honda

9 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki

10 de Reuver, Marc NED Yamaha

11 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki

12 van Daele, Marvin BEL Honda

13 Leok, Aigar EST Yamaha

14 Noble, James GBR Honda

15 Brown, Mike USA Honda

22 Coppins, Joshua NZL Yamaha

MX1 Race 2

1 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki

2 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki

3 Barragan, Jonathan ESP KTM

4 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki

5 Leok, Tanel EST Kawasaki

6 Mackenzie, Billy GBR Kawasaki

7 Bill, Julien SUI Honda

8 Renet, Pierre A. FRA Honda

9 Philippaerts, David ITA KTM

10 Brown, Mike USA Honda

11 Noble, James GBR Honda

12 Priem, Manuel BEL TM

13 Salvini, Alex ITA Yamaha

14 van Daele, Marvin BEL Honda

15 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki

DNF Coppins, Joshua NZL Yamaha

MX1 World championship standings:

1 Coppins, J. NZL 445

2 Ramon, Steve BEL 368

3 Pourcel, S. FRA 322

4 Philippaerts, D. ITA 312

5 Strijbos, K. BEL 300

6 Barragan, J. ESP 292

7 de Dycker, Ken BEL 276

8 Brown, Mike USA 272

9 Leok, Tanel EST 272

10 Mackenzie, B. GBR 247

11 Noble, James GBR 212

12 Priem, Manuel BEL 164

13 Nemeth, Kornel HUN 153

14 de Reuver, M. NED 147

15 Bill, J. SUI 115