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Round 8: Coppins takes charge of Rockstar Energy MX Nationals with victory in Moree

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CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha’s Josh Coppins won the Pro Open overall at Moree to take the series lead.

New Zealand's Josh Coppins has taken over the series lead in the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, following a hard-fought overall victory at Moree in New South Wales on Sunday, 24 July.

The CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha rider, who is a former runner-up in the world championship, tied with teammate Jay Marmont in what was a champagne day for the boys in blue.

Coppins’ results of 1-2-2-1 secured the overall for the penultimate round of the series, his final moto win giving him the victory over Marmont’s 2-1-1-2 results.

The win was Coppins’ third of the season, handing him the red plate to signify his status as championship leader in the premier Pro Open category. Coppins’ lead now stands at 18 points over defending three-time champion teammate Marmont.

“It’s better late than never to take over the red plate,” 34-year-old Coppins said. “The team has been gelling really well and Jay rode great today. I’ve been doing a lot of riding at the beach back home in New Zealand, so that should be good preparation for the sand next weekend in Coolum.”

Marmont, 28, has been on the ultimate comeback trail in the standings, winning rounds six and seven recently and then today tying on points with Coppins to increase his title chances. Marmont fought through the effects of a nasty flu that had him couch-ridden during the week.

“That was one of the toughest races I’ve done, but I dug deep, did what I could and came away with a good result,” the Wollongong resident said. “To race with Josh next weekend will be tough and he’s a seasoned campaigner. I’m looking forward to Coolum, I’ve had a lot of luck and success there in the past. It’ll be elbows out next weekend and I’m ready to get started.”

Long time series leader Dean Ferris and his Monster Energy Kawasaki team endured a disastrous round in Moree. After qualifying first and leading the majority of moto one, a crash bumped him back to third. Moto two saw a repeat of that result, but he crashed out of moto three and was forced out of the round while being treated by the Suzuki RACESAFE Medical Team.

Ferris’ 14-point advantage disappeared and he now faces 40-point deficit with just one round remaining. The 21-year-old, from Kyogle in NSW, ended up the day credited 11th overall.

Current national number two Billy Mackenzie’s luck wasn’t much better as his title hopes faded with a crash-marred sixth overall. The Scottish standout is another four points in arrears of Monster Kawasaki teammate Ferris.

Rounding out the podium overall was Queensland rising star Todd Waters for Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing, breaking through for his first rostrum of the year after returning from a wrist injury at round six last month. Waters scored 5-5-4-3 finishes for the round.

“I’m just so pumped right now to finish on the podium after the year I’ve had,” Waters said. “The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing team has been so supportive and [team boss] Yarrive Konsky has been putting a lot of time into helping me – I can’t thank them enough.”

Continuing his impressive rookie season in the Pro Open class was Raceline Pirelli Suzuki’s Lawson Bopping, taking fourth overall ahead of experienced Victorian Cheyne Boyd (Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing).

Visit www.mxnationals.com.au on the web for complete series and round information on the 2011 season.

 

2011 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals Championship Standings (after 8 of 9 rounds)

 

Rockstar Energy Drink Pro Open
1. Josh Coppins 603
2. Jay Marmont 585
3. Dean Ferris 563
4. Billy Mackenzie 559
5. Cheyne Boyd 494
6. Michael Phillips 460
7. Lawson Bopping 433
8. Cody Cooper 395
9. Louis Calvin 313
10. Daniel Reardon 226

Motul Pro Lites
1. Matt Moss 567
2. Kirk Gibbs 534
3. Brenden Harrison 478
4. Phil Nicoletti 477
5. Daniel McCoy 461
6. Kade Mosig 440
7. Josh Cachia 423
8. Cody Mackie 419
9. Justin McDonald 403
10. Luke Styke 372

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