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WMXNetherlandsSeptember 4, 2005
2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 16
Grand Prix of Netherlands – Lierop, Netherlands

Brave Coppins challenge ends with Everts title celebration

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins secured runner-up status in the 2005 MX1 Motocross World Championship with a ride to fourth position at the Lierop circuit today for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, the sixteenth and penultimate round of the series. Yamaha’s Stefan Everts rejoiced at a record ninth world title with his third double moto victory of the season.

Josh Coppins

Josh Coppins

Coppins guided the Honda CRF450 to third and fourth positions in the two motos watched by almost 30,000 spectators. The crowd packed into the impressive facility, just outside the town of Eindhoven under blue skies and temperatures that nudged towards 30 degrees.

The terrain was rough, sandy and energy-sapping. The heat transformed the races into two intense battles where concentration and fitness were the key elements.

Coppins did not enjoy the best of exits from the gate for the first contest and had to work for the entire duration of the 35 minute and 2 lap moto to gain third spot behind Stefan Everts and Steve Ramon. In the second he was passed for third by Ramon on the first lap and had to endure a lonely race in fourth unable to follow the speed of the leading trio.

Martin Honda rider Mickael Pichon’s opening moto started disastrously when the former double World Champion was involved in a first corner prang that saw the Frenchman flip into the infield enclosure. Unhurt he managed to restart his 450F and continue until suffering another violent crash only several laps later that forced his retirement.
He experienced another uncomfortable outing later in the afternoon when he tangled with some fencing and then looked ragged on the machine, almost hitting the sand several times before pulling into to the pits.

Jussi Vehvilainen returned to the venue where he scored a 250cc podium in 2001 and enjoyed a decent jump out of the gate in race1 to hold a position in the top four. In only his second meeting since France in June, fatigue struck the friendly Finn in the final laps and he slipped to sixth. Vehvilainen started mid-pack in the second moto but showed good stamina and speed after an impressive aerial ‘get-off’ to push his way to seventh for an overall standing of fifth.

Both James Noble and Ken de Dycker were crash victims in the first moto and only the Belgian could rescue a decent result when he passed the chequered flag in tenth. The RWJ and Sarholz Honda men circulated outside of the top fourteen later in the afternoon.
De Dycker was confirmed as team-mate to Josh Coppins in the British CAS Honda set-up for 2006.

Multitek Honda’s Paul Cooper was absent due to the same debilitating condition affecting his fitness that caused him to sit-out two grands prix during the middle of the season.

Pascal Leuret did not ride due to a big accident on Saturday. The Frenchman became cross-rutted on the approach to a jump and the resulting spill saw the privateer knocked unconscious. He tried to finish the Timed Practice session but did not feel well enough to record a lap-time good enough for the top thirty.

In MX2 Yamaha’s Antonio Cairoli won his first title even though KTM dominated the Grand Prix with Marc de Reuver and Tyla Rattray sharing moto honors. Honda were best represented by Patrick Caps, who gained his best race result of the season with fourth place in the opening salvo. Martin Honda’s Matteo Bonini could not score any points and RWJ Honda’s Erik Eggens missed his home GP due to continuing injury problems.

The World Championship standings now show that Coppins cannot be caught for second position. The Kiwi is 69 points ahead of fellow countryman Ben Townley. Pichon has slipped to sixth due to his double DNF while Leuret, De Dycker and Noble also hold positions on the leader-board with seventh, eighth and tenth respectively.

The seventeenth and last round of the longest motocross season on record will take place in two weeks time at Desertmartin for the Grand Prix of Ireland.

Jussi Vehvilainen

Jussi Vehvilainen

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:
“The bike was awesome all weekend and that is a big credit to the team. We worked hard for this race because I am not too good in the sand; I can ride it but I use a lot of strength compared to Ben, Ramon and Stefan. I always knew this race was going to be tough and it was important that we got the bike working better than anyone else’s and I think we achieved that. I rode pretty well and I think I can be proud of my season and the Grand Prix today; I gave 110%. I am happy and learnt a lot this afternoon.”

Jussi Vehvilainen, CAS Honda:
“It was pretty good today. I had a great start in the first moto but the pace was a bit too fast and I did not want to push too hard because I knew it would be a hard day. I thought that maybe I would be able to run with the leaders for at least half a moto. In the second moto I misjudged the start and went a bit too early. The gate did not drop and I was last by the time of the first corner. I got up into the top fifteen quickly but then had a big crash and almost did a back flip! From that point I thought ‘Ok, just try and stay up for the rest of the race’ and it paid off in the end.”

Mickael Pichon, Martin Honda:
“The sand is always quite tough for me and I have not been riding much in the last few weeks. I had a crash at the start and I was lucky not to get hurt but then the bike spat me off a few laps later and I could not continue. I was in pain and could not get going in the second race, after the bike caught the fencing it was over.”

James Noble, RWJ Honda:
“I came off twice in the second race and once in the first. When I was on the ground the heat just hit me and broke my rhythm and everything. It was hard enough work as it was. I struggled most of the day; there is sand and then there is Lierop. I am used to riding sand but not that rough. Every single corner and straight was a fight. I am disappointed but I have learnt a bit more for when we come here next year.”

Paolo Martin, Martin Honda team owner and manager:
“I think Mickael is now only looking towards the Motocross of Nations. He did not train in the sand and I think we saw yesterday with him that riding this terrain is not easy. He is a professional rider but he is focussed only on the Nations.”

 Roger Harvey, European Off-road co-ordinator:
“Congratulations to Yamaha for today. Josh has consolidated second in the Championship and that was the projected plan for him and the team this year. You always hope he might be in with a shout of winning the title but he has accomplished what he set out to do as a minimum and has had a good season. Pichon had a big crash in the first race and I don’t think this is his favorite terrain to say the least. We have all seen him ride the sand successfully before but it was not his day today.”

2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 16
Grand Prix of Netherlands – Lierop, Netherlands

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
2 RAMON Steve (KTM)
3 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
5 STRIJBOS Kevin (Suzuki)
6 VEHVILAINEN Jussi (Honda)
7 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
8 JORGENSEN Brian (Yamaha)
9 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
10 de DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
11 PYRHONEN Antti (TM)
12 FREIBERGS Lauris (Suzuki)
13 PRIEM Manuel (Yamaha)
14 NORLEN Marcus (Suzuki)
15 van WESSEL Willie (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
3 RAMON Steve (KTM)
4 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
5 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
6 PRIEM Manuel (Yamaha)
7 VEHVILAINEN Jussi (Honda)
8 STRIJBOS Kevin (Suzuki)
10 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
11 PYRHONEN Antti (TM)
12 ATSUTA Yoshitaka (Suzuki)
13 GUNDERSEN Kenneth (KTM)
14 de DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
15 FREIBERGS Lauris (Suzuki)

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