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WMXU.K.June 5, 2005
2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 7
British Grand Prix – Matchams Park, Bournemouth, England

Coppins notches best result of the season in Britain

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins has taken runner-up position at a cold and wet Matchams Park this afternoon for the British Grand Prix; seventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The New Zealander has now risen to third in the points table while a fatigued Mickael Pichon had to watch title rival Stefan Everts record a double victory.

Joshua Coppins

Joshua Coppins

Around 27,000 fans packed the new layout at Matchams, near the town of Bournemouth, and sheltered from an afternoon-long spell of rainfall to cheer on the Grand Prix stars.

Coppins started well in the first moto after qualifying sixth but was stuck behind Antti Pyrhonen for much of the race distance until fellow New Zealander Ben Townley overtook both riders and prompted the 27 year old to up his pace and secure fourth.

Pichon was the victim of a first corner collision also involving Townley and Joel Smets. The Frenchman charged back to within a top ten position but another fall while negotiating the long fast section going into the woods spelled the end of his race and he collected thirteenth. The former double World Champion has been struggling with his physical condition since the second moto in Japan and was a spent force this afternoon.

Coppins had the fans cheering when he fought Townley in a close duel for second in moto2 and sped away when the KTM rider crashed on lap thirteen of nineteen. Pichon was up to fourth but faded to eighth and limped home to tenth overall.

Pichon’s team-mate Javier Garcia Vico enjoyed his first outing since the Grand Prix of Portugal and since sustaining a pinched nerve in his neck. The Spaniard finished in the top fifteen both times in a steady return to action.

RWJ Honda’s James Noble crashed in the early stages of the first moto and completed the race in nineteenth with his helmet broken and silencer flapping. He fell again in the second race on the first lap and had to work in order to take fifteenth place.

The highest placed Honda rider in MX2 was Sarholz Racing representative Wyatt Avis with results of 7th and 12th. The Grand Prix was won by Yamaha’s Andrew McFarlane from debut ‘podiumees’ David Philippaerts and Christophe Pourcel.

Jussi Vehvilainen’s comeback from an ankle injury lasted no more than two free practice sessions as the Finn strained a neck muscle and could not complete the Timed Practice chrono on Saturday.

Pichon conceded twenty nine points to series leader Stefan Everts today who went 1-1 for his first double of the year. Coppins has moved up to third and is eighteen points behind his Honda compatriot.

The third of three consecutive meetings takes place next week at Castiglione del Lago for the Grand Prix of Italy.

Mickael Pichon

James Noble

Josh Coppins:
“I wasn’t so happy with the first race because I lost my goggles on lap four and got a lot of sand and dirt in my eyes which made things difficult. I wanted to make a better moto but when you cannot see it is a little bit scary on this track! The second race was good and I felt the support coming from the fans I have in the UK from racing the British Championship. After I won the Isle of Wight last year I have a good following in Britain and it was nice to get this result in front of my fans. I have now moved up to third in the Championship and this is good because I was sick of getting fourths all the time! I was a little depressed after the first race as I think it was my eighth fourth position. The race was nice with Ben in the second moto and I was surprised at my speed in the sand because I haven’t trained that much in that sort of terrain this season. Motocross is a strong sport in the UK and my team is British so second place was a good result here.”

Mickael Pichon:
“I don’t know what happened today. I have been feeling very tired since Japan and physically I’ve been having a bad time this year. My condition was good pre-season but I had a virus which really set me back. Things are just terrible at the moment and checking my blood I know that some levels are low. I cannot push on the track and have felt this at Zolder and also in that second moto at Sugo. On tracks that are not too demanding I am OK but the sand here was too much to handle. I don’t know if I need more bike time or maybe a holiday. I have no power on the bike and it is worrying me. The fans were great today and I must explain to them that I did the best that I could because I did not put on a good display.”

Neil Prince, CAS Honda Team Manager:
“Jussi will go to the doctors tomorrow because he has strained a muscle in the back of his neck and we will then see what condition he is in. He flat-landed off the double jump for the first time and head-butted the bars. He could not ride because he wasn’t able to hold his head up properly coming out of the corners.”

James Noble:
“The result was disappointing but I enjoyed the GP. There were a lot of fans cheering. I have not done many British Grand Prix and this one topped the Isle of Wight last year for the atmosphere. In the first moto I didn’t gate well but came out of the first corner OK after Pichon came off. I was up to tenth and trying to pass someone coming around the long right hander after the pits when the front end just folded and I crashed. I was going quite fast and the bike came over and clattered me. I got back up and just wanted some points. I was in nineteenth and could reach seventeenth but then the exhaust bracket broke and I had to nurse the bike. I did not start well in the second moto and got a bit too excited trying to make up positions. I went into a corner too hot and slipped off which left me last again. I felt a bit better and could come back to fourteenth.”

2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 7
British Grand Prix – Matchams Park, Bournemouth, England

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
2 RAMON Steve (KTM)
4 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
5 de DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
6 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
7 SMETS Joël (Suzuki)
9 VAN DAELE Marvin (Honda)
10 COOPER Paul (Honda)
11 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
12 GARCIA VICO Javier (Honda)
13 PICHON Mickael (Honda)
14 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
15 HUCKLERIDGE Mark (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
2 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
3 SMETS Joël (Suzuki)
4 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
6 VAN DAELE Marvin (Honda)
7 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki)
8 PICHON Mickael (Honda)
9 RAMON Steve (KTM)
10 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
11 de DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
12 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
13 ATSUTA Yoshitaka (Suzuki)
14 NOBLE James (Honda)
15 GARCIA VICO Javier (Honda)

Joshua Coppins (Honda)

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