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WMXSwedenJuly 3, 2005
2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 10
Grand Prix of Sweden, Uddevalla

Coppins takes first ever double win

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins has taken his second career MX1 victory and his first ever double moto success at Uddevalla today for the Grand Prix of Sweden; round ten of the 2005 FIM MX1 World Championships.

Joshua Coppins

Joshua Coppins

In the absence of Mickael Pichon, Coppins rose to the fore and out-paced his rivals Ben Townley, Stefan Everts and Joel Smets to chip fourteen points away from Everts’ lead in the title chase.

Sunshine, patchy cloud and high temperatures greeted the 28,000 fans (weekend figure) that packed into the Uddevalla circuit and littered the rocky hillside. The track was hard, rough and dusty. Overtaking was difficult and the crucial moment of the gate drop determined the running order in both MX1 and MX2 competitions.

Coppins, who was second fastest after Timed Practice on Saturday afternoon, started brightly behind hole-shotter Jonathan Barragan (KTM). When the Spaniard crashed on lap four Coppins had a clear track and proceeded to establish a small margin over Ben Townley. The race almost seemed over by the halfway stage as the New Zealander enjoyed a lead of over five seconds and the Championship picture was looking even rosier with defending number one and current series leader Stefan Everts far adrift in fourth. Townley then started to attack in the final few laps and Coppins hard to work hard to defend his lines. The 28 year old eventually sealed only his third MX1 moto success by just 0.4 of a second. It was also the first time that Coppins has won the first moto of a Grand Prix. Sarholz Honda rider Ken de Dycker led a Honda trio of James Noble and Pascal Leuret in seventh position.

In the second race Coppins edged the holeshot and again set an example from the front. On this occasion he paced away from Joel Smets with Townley making ground from the low reaches of the top ten to arrive in third. Stefan Everts had a nightmare start and had to push hard for the duration of the race to eventually depose Steve Ramon on the last lap from fourth. Coppins made a mistake in the final few minutes that saw him fall and allowed Smets to close but the gap was still reasonably adequate at several seconds and New Zealand had their fourth GP win of the year and Honda’s celebrated their second (CAS’ first since the Isle of Wight last August).

RWJ Honda’s James Noble overtook Leuret two laps from the checkered flag to capture sixth and carry the same standing in the overall classification to remain as the second best Honda rider. In accordance with their first moto squabble, Leuret and De Dycker placed just behind and completed Honda’s majority presence inside the overall top ten.

In the World Championship table Coppins now trails Everts by 45 points. Noble has taken his best set of points from the last four Grand Prix and is sixth, a hefty distance behind KTM’s Steve Ramon.

Paul Cooper was on two wheels again for his first race since the British Grand Prix at Matchams Park. The veteran had missed two rounds due to a harsh bout of fatigue but seemed on the pace again during Timed Practice when he set the seventh quickest time. For two thirds of the first moto Cooper was touching a top five finish but ‘hit a wall’ and faded back to seventeenth; the effects of his condition still not absolved.

Mickael Pichon underwent keyhole knee surgery directly after the Grand Prix of France last Monday and the procedure was better than expected. The Martin Honda rider will be back in action for the Grand Prix of Wallonie at the end of July.

CAS Honda representative Jussi Vehvilainen was absent due to more injury woe. The Finn was unbelievably hit by a car last week while training on his mountain bike and suffered a bruised wrist and a cut head.

In MX2 the race was dominated from start to finish by Yamaha’s Antonio Cairoli with World Championship leader Andrew McFarlane scooping two runner-up positions. KTM’s David Philippaerts was third while Honda’s best effort came from South African Wyatt Avis who guided his Sarholz Racing 250F to twelfth and eighth.

The FIM Women’s cup was not a positive outing for Honda’s main hope Larissa Papenmeier. The German took a decent start and was second in the opening turn of the first moto. She was holding a top ten position when she landed awkwardly on the large-table top and ran off the track. It was a heavy crash and Papenmeier was taken to the medical centre with broken ribs.

The eleventh round of the World Championships will take place in two weeks time at Sun City in South Africa.

James Noble

James Noble

Josh Coppins:
“I was really happy to win both motos today and that is the first time for me. I have been having problems with my first lap recently and not making enough of an impact from the gate but I had a good feeling today and my mechanics have prepared the bike really well. I was expecting a good result so I am happy to have proved myself. I had a headache towards the end of the second race after I had over-jumped and jarred my neck and that did not help my concentration and led to the mistake. I was able to get going again quickly but had four or five seconds over Joel so it was not too bad. It was good to close ground to Stefan today. There is still a big gap but anything is possible; I have to keep pushing on and trying to beat Stefan every week.”

James Noble:
“It went well today. In the first race I got a really good start but was riding tight and struggled a bit with the track. I had a tyre that was too soft on the front end but could take eighth; which I was reasonably happy with. In the next moto I didn’t get away that well but made up some places at the start and passed a few people towards the end that were tiring or had mechanical problems and nipped up to sixth which I was really happy with. It was nice to finally finish the races, the results were a bonus!”

Paul Cooper:
“I still don’t seem to have the stamina thing sorted out. I am confused about it and I don’t know the cause. The positive thing is that the bike is working great and I am qualifying well with a good speed but after about 20 minutes it just happens and I lose all my strength, I can’t hold onto the bike any more or chose lines; the bike basically takes me around the track. You can’t race like that. I missed Italy and France and I did not want to but we figure it might be beneficial to take a rest and see if it works. I have just started to train a little bit again and was feeling better but things still aren’t working out on the track.”

2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 10
Grand Prix of Sweden, Uddevalla

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
3 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
4 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
5 RAMON Steve (KTM)
6 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki)
7 DE DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
8 NOBLE James (Honda)
9 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
10 PYRHONEN Antti (TM)
11 PRIEM Manuel (Yamaha)
12 ATSUTA Yoshitaka (Suzuki)
13 NEMETH Kornel (Suzuki)
14 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
15 SEGUY Luigi (Yamaha)

Joshua Coppins (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
2 SMETS Joël (Suzuki)
4 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
5 RAMON Steve (KTM)
6 NOBLE James (Honda)
7 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
8 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
9 ATSUTA Yoshitaka (Suzuki)
10 NEMETH Kornel (Suzuki)
11 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
12 DE DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
13 SEGUY Luigi (Yamaha)
14 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki)
15 SAFRONOV Andrey (KTM)

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