Two years ago, at the Bercy Supercross in Paris, a little known French rider showed the visiting Americans a wheel or two on his way to some excellent finishes. In 2008, when Ben Townley got injured before the Supercross season, Red Bull/Honda called in that same French racer, Benjamin Coisy, to replace Townley for the East Lites Supercross series. Coisy (pronounced "kwa-see") again had some good finishes, placing as high as fourth. This year, Coisy is on the Moto Concepts team in the Supercross class and just had his best finish of the season at Indianapolis.
How was Indianapolis for you?
It was good for me. My first race was Anaheim I where I finished eighth, and after that I was making the main events but not finishing very well. My best finish after A1 was a 12th in San Francisco. Now we have a good program with my bike and a different setup than the beginning of the year, so now my bike is so much better.
Break down the race for us.
Yesterday I had a good start, a good heat race and placed fourth, so that gave me a good place on the gate for the main event. I think I started in eighth or tenth in the main event and after a couple of laps I was feeling good and I was following (Ryan) Villpoto and (Josh) Grant. After 15 laps I was a little tired, but the last five laps were okay. I am very happy with sixth place.
The track was fairly technical and tight. I know you have done a lot of Supercross racing in Europe and the tracks tend to be much tighter than here in the US. Do you think that played into your favor?
Yes, the track yesterday was very technical, although it was different than Europe. It was my best finish in the Supercross class so far. For the rest of the season I want to be in the top ten.
After the Supercross season ended last year, you disappeared from American racing. Did you return to France?
I did go back to France. I did not have a bike for the outdoors last year so I went back to France to ride in the European Supercross Championships. This year I will ride the AMA Motocross series, and I am very happy because it is important to race an entire season.
How would you rate yourself as an outdoor rider?
I never raced the World GPs in Europe, except for one time in 2004 in the 125 class. I seem to do well in Supercross, so that is what I have raced more, but I would not say I have a preference for either.
Note: Since Ben is not fluent in English, this interview was conducted with the help of Ben's girlfriend, and edited for readability.