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WMXCzech RepublicJuly 30, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 11
Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Loket

Coppins on the Podium Again for the Fourth Successive Time

Josh Coppins has maintained his recent streak of good performances since coming back from a dislocated shoulder by taking runner-up position at the MX1 Grand Prix of Czech Republic, contested at a hot, sunny and busy Loket circuit.

Joshua Coppins

Ken DeDycker

The New Zealander finished second and third to stand on the second step of the podium behind Stefan Everts and has now amassed four trophies in the trot and in every appearance after his racing return at the British Grand Prix last month.

The CAS Honda riders were part of a top six (De Dycker third and Coppins sixth) who all remained within a single second of each other after a very tight Timed Practice session on Saturday afternoon.

The flowing and steep Loket layout again presented problems with grip as the loose and pebbly terrain offered varying levels of traction. The course is quick in places and became rougher thanks to some strong showers in the week and again on Saturday that further softened the mud.

Coppins pushed Everts for at least two thirds of the first moto and the pair were barely split by more than two seconds until the 28 year old made a small mistake and the tow was broken. Everts eased away but Coppins earned his third second position from the last three motos; as well as setting the quickest lap, something he would do in both races. A less than ideal start, due to a different tyre choice, stopped him running with the leaders of Everts and Kevin Strijbos later on but he did chase down and relegate Jonathan Barragan to fourth.

Ken De Dycker was happy with his riding but again less than content with his starts that conditioned two results of fifth and sixth and kept him adrift of the front group. He took part in some tasty bar-bashing with Strijbos in the first moto that saw the pair having words afterwards but the altercation was merely part of a healthy scrap for fifth won by the lofty Belgian who was diagnosed recently with low Iron levels affecting his stamina. De Dycker was sixth overall.

Martin Honda’s Brian Jorgensen was back in action after missing the South African Grand Prix due to a back injury. The Dane was not only riding in pain but losing sensation in his arms and feeling dizzy to the point of black-outs. What had been attributed to a problem with the coccyx in his lower back has in fact been ascribed to a crack in his L4 vertebrae which had been causing inflammation and affecting the nervous system. After more than two weeks of rest and recovery the former European Champion was back training this week.

After qualifying tenth and jarring his back in the morning Jorgensen could complete only the first third of Moto1 before having to retire in pain. With the Belgian Grand Prix only seven days away it is unlikely that he will be clipping his boots until the Irish round towards the end of August.

Industrial action at Barcelona airport caused chaos on Friday and Javier Garcia Vico was unable to take part in the Grand Prix after alternative flight arrangements Saturday morning from Valencia were also delayed. The Spaniard was stuck with a missed connection in Milan and had no chance of arriving in Loket for the Timed Practice period.

RWJ’s James Noble equalled his best classification of the season with seventh spot in the first moto (he gained the ranking twice in Japan) and was twelfth later in the day for a decent eighth overall and the third Honda machine in the final Czech top ten.
Multitek Honda’s Pascal Leuret took his third consecutive top ten moto finish with ninth in the first race but a crash dropped him to seventeenth late in the second affair.

In the MX2 class the Grand Prix was won by David Philippaerts ahead of Christophe Pourcel and Carl Nunn. Patrick Caps was back on the SRS Honda with a healed collarbone and took a good start in the first moto where he was hovering around the top five. Eventually the Belgian finished as the best Honda representative with tenth overall and race positions of eighth and twelfth. Pourcel still leads the Championship by 34 points from Antonio Cairoli.

The World Championship standings now show that Coppins has surged up the table since completing his comeback at round eight. The New Zealander is now 13th and 14 points from tenth. De Dycker is fifth with the next best placed CRF rider being Leuret in seventh.

The twelfth stop on the 2006 schedule is only seven days away as the historic setting of Namur hosts the Grand Prix of Belgium.

Gordon Crockard

Patrick Caps

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:
“In the first moto I had a nice race with Stefan and just made a little mistake with four laps to go that caused me to lose some ground. I chose a harder tyre because the track was so dry but it did not give me the grip out of the gate that I needed. We tried a different tyre for the second race and it worked great on the track but span a lot on the start. I was mid-pack in the first turn, and ended up being happy with that second moto because I had some great lines and did not follow anybody for very long as I was making positions all the time. When I reached third I would have loved to have caught Strijbos but there was no time. I was riding a little bit aggressive on Saturday but was smoother and less tense today.”

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
“The first heat was pretty good and I was quite happy but we have to do something about these bad starts. I don’t really care about that thing with Kevin. He started it by brake checking me on the slow hairpin so I don’t know why he is mad. That is part of racing. I found it hard to overtake in the second moto. I was far back again, almost dead-last, and the track was so bumpy and fast. I felt fine until about 25 minutes into the race and I have to be happy with this result.”

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
“My back felt OK during the week and I felt good enough to come to the Grand Prix but I misjudged my readiness and still had a lot of pain. I don’t know if I can do Namur and just have to wait and see if I can come back to a good condition for Desertmartin.

Patrick Caps, SRS Honda:
“This was not so bad for my first race back. The track was really difficult and I went as fast as I could. To do forty minutes at full gas was hard because I have only done 25 minutes in the Belgian Championships recently as preparation. I am happy to be here and be back in the top ten. I hope in Namur to be in the top five and near the podium.”

2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 09
Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Loket

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
4 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
5 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
6 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
7 Noble, James / Honda
8 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
9 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
10 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
11 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
12 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
13 Salvini, Alex / Suzuki
14 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
15 Freibergs, Lauris / Suzuki

Joshua Coppins
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
3 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
4 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
5 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
6 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
7 Crockard, Gordon / Honda
8 Melotte, Cedric / Yamaha
9 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
10 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
11 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
12 Noble, James / Honda
13 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
14 Salvini, Alex / Suzuki
15 Kovalainen, Marko / Honda
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
2 Philippaerts, David / KTM
3 Nunn, Carl / KTM
4 Chiodi, Alessio / Yamaha
5 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
6 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
7 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
8 Caps, Patrick / Honda
9 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
10 Seistola, Matti / Honda
11 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
12 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
13 Campano, Carlos / KTM
14 Monni, Manuel / KTM
15 Church, Tom / Kawasaki
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
3 Philippaerts, David / KTM
4 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
5 Nunn, Carl / KTM
6 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
7 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
8 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
9 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
10 Monni, Manuel / KTM
11 Campano, Carlos / KTM
12 Caps, Patrick / Honda
13 Chiodi, Alessio / Yamaha
14 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
15 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM

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