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WMXU.K.June 18, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
British Grand Prix, Matterley Basin

Coppins a Brave Third on Grand Prix Return

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins produced a startling return to World Championship action at a warm and atmospheric Matterley Basin for the British Grand Prix. The eighth round of the season initiated the second half of the 2006 campaign and a rousing 39,000 crowd cheered Stefan Everts, Kevin Strijbos and Coppins to the podium.

Ken DeDycker

Gordon Crockard

The Matterley Basin circuit was long, elongated and dry as the usually unreliable English weather had in fact been cooking the terrain for the past two weeks and planning restrictions meant that the track had to be hastily constructed in seven days. The layout divided opinion inside the paddock with some commenting negatively on the course's speed and lack of technical meat, while others remarked that they were enjoying the undulations and jumps.

The CAS Honda team were back to full strength thanks to the return of Coppins, attempting his first Grand Prix of the year after dislocating his shoulder days before the opening event at Zolder in Belgium. At their home event they were able to witness one of the highlights of the day when both Coppins and Ken De Dycker engaged in an intense tussle for second position. The duel was decided with a seemingly controversial manoeuvre from De Dycker on the final corner as he swung his machine into the path of the New Zealander and forced the 2005 runner-up to slam to a halt.

Coppins would have the last laugh in the second moto. The pair were fifth and seventh. Coppins, goggles broke in the opening stages of the race and he nursed his way through the dust to a top five finish while De Dycker made two big errors, one of which resulted in a crash and he had to come back from virtually last to seventh. They were tied on points but Coppins, second race ranking delivered a champagne celebration.

Javier Garcia Vico was ninth overall and has not dropped out of the top ten in the last six motos. The luckless Martin Honda team lost both Antoine Meo and Brian Jorgensen on Saturday. The Dane was struck down by intense pain in his lower back that was finally identified as a damaged Coccyx although x-rays revealed no breaks or fractures. The 31 year old was still in too much pain to take part in the Timed Practice and will seek further attention in the hope of being fit for his semi-home Grand Prix in two weeks.

Meo landed awkwardly from a jump in the MX2 Last Chance session and twisted his already delicate knee. With a further break to the lateral ligament the Frenchman has now elected for surgery and faces six months on the sidelines.

De Dycker is fourth in the MX1 standings while Coppins enters the Championship down in twenty-third position with his thirty-six point haul from today.

The MX2 class was won by David Philippaerts for the second time in two weeks with Antonio Cairoli and Tommy Searle completing the podium. Honda's lines were further reduced when Patrick Caps, just back from a broken wrist, fell and snapped his collarbone. Christophe Pourcel still leads the Championship from Cairoli and Philippaerts.

James Noble

Antoine Meo

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:
“I only started riding 17 days ago and I planned to come back in Sweden but this was a big event for my team. I am far from 100% fit. The first moto was not so bad but I wasn't that smooth on the bike. Ken and I had a pretty good battle and obviously he doesn't want to be beaten by me. We were fighting a lot and on the last corner we collided. He brake-tested me but it was nothing dangerous. My goggles broke on the fourth lap in the second race and I had dust in my eyes so I just rode my own race. The moto was physically harder but overall it was not a bad result for my first GP back.”

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
“The first moto was really good and I was feeling strong. It was close with Josh at the end but that is just racing. He came up to me and I closed the door. We are team-mates but I would do that to anyone. I carried the speed into the second moto but it did not work out because I made two mistakes and crashed once. When I was going again I found it hard to overtake because the dust made the visibility pretty poor but I came back OK.”

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
“I had a great start in the first moto and was running in fifth place. I lost a couple of positions to riders who were coming through and finished in eighth; that wasn't so bad and I was happy with the rhythm I had on the track. I got into the first turn well in the second moto but had to avoid a crash and came out the other side practically in last place. I came back to tenth and it was important for me to score as many points as I could. Everyday I am feeling more comfortable on the bike.”

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
“My back has been hurting for the last three weeks and I had some treatment before coming to Britain but on the second lap of the first practice I jarred it on one of the jumps and the pain was unbelievable. I couldn't sit or move and an injection wasn't going to help.”

Antoine Meo, Martin Honda:
“I made a small crash in qualification which made me go into the Last Chance session. I landed heavily from a big double and twisted my knee which gave me so much pain. I have decided to stop racing now and get an operation. If everything goes well then I hope to start riding at the beginning of December and be fine for the start of the 2007 Championship.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Europe Off-road co-coordinator:
“Patrick lost the front end of the bike in the loose stuff and went over the handlebars. He broke his collarbone and it is a real shame because he looked quick in qualification yesterday. Otherwise it was great to see CAS third and fourth and credit to Josh; to come back and ride with those guys was phenomenal. It is a shame that the goggle problem restricted even further progress in the second moto. Ken was as ruthless as ever and was desperate to beat his team-mate. These things happen but he was determined to get that result.”

2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
British Grand Prix, Matterley Basin

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
3 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
4 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
5 Melotte, Cedric / Yamaha
6 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
7 Crockard, Gordon / Honda
8 Garcia Vico, Francisco / Honda
9 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
10 Bill, Julien / Yamaha
11 Noble, James / Honda
12 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
13 Jones, Mark / Honda
14 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
15 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha

Joshua Coppins
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
5 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
6 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
7 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
8 Melotte, Cedric / Yamaha
9 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
10 Garcia Vico, Francisco / Honda
11 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
12 Noble, James / Honda
13 Bill, Julien / Yamaha
14 Federici, Claudio / Kawasaki
15 Bradshaw, Neville / Suzuki
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Philippaerts, David / KTM
2 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
3 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
4 Guarneri, Davide / Yamaha
5 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
6 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
7 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
8 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
9 Aubin, Nicolas / KTM
10 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
11 Nunn, Carl / KTM
12 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
13 Chiodi, Alessio / Yamaha
14 Boissiere, Anthony / Yamaha
15 Monni, Manuel / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Philippaerts, David / KTM
3 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
4 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
5 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
6 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
7 Boissiere, Anthony / Yamaha
8 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
9 Nunn, Carl / KTM
10 Chiodi, Alessio / Yamaha
11 Monni, Manuel / KTM
12 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
13 Seistola, Matti / Honda
14 Renet, Pierre A. / Honda
15 Rattray, Tyla / KTM

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