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WMXBelgiumAugust 6, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 12
Grand Prix of Belgium – NAMUR

Fifth consecutive podium for Coppins

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins has broken into the top ten of the MX1 World Championship standings despite missing at least half the season by taking the runner-up position and his fifth set of silverware in a row at a difficult Grand Prix of Belgium around the spectacular Namur circuit.

Joshua Coppins

Ken DeDycker

The New Zealander was absent for the first seven rounds of the twelve run so far but has been a protagonist in Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic and now Belgium to push the CRF450R into the spotlight with some very positive results.

The Namur circuit left no hiding place for the timid as the rough terrain stretching around the historic Citadelle setting was demanding, technical and demanded every once of concentration and strength for the duration of two 35 minute and 2 lap motos.

In cloudy but stuffy and occasionally sunny conditions Coppins rode to a brace of second positions in the two races despite experiencing some clutch problems and had to settle for the supporting role at the ‘Stefan Everts show’ as the World Champion claimed his 12th straight win this season at his favourite circuit. Everts controlled both motos to celebrate his tenth title and a successful defence of his MX1 crown.

Coppins’ team-mate Ken De Dycker earned a decent fifth position in Moto1 but a crash saw the Belgian without a rear brake during race two and this inhibited his progress on the steep drops and near vertical sections of the tree-lined Enduro-like 2440m layout. The 21 year old would drop to a final position of 18th for a 12th overall finish.

Martin Honda’s Javier Garcia Vico was nursing an injured ankle as a result of his heavy get-off at Sun City several weeks ago. The unavoidable circumstances that led to his absence from the Czech Grand Prix last week actually gave the Spaniard more recovery time and he placed inside the top ten with two positive ninth place finishes for eighth overall and the fourth best Honda behind Multitek’s Pascal Leuret in sixth (his highest result of the year) and RWJ’s James Noble in seventh.

Brian Jorgensen is still incapacitated with a back problem and his saddle was taken in Namur by MX3 participant Cristian Beggi. The Italian completed Timed Practice down in 17th position but could not finish the first moto after a tangle with Kawasaki’s Tanel Leok. Beggi then rode solidly to 13th in the second race.

De Dycker has climbed to fourth place in the MX1 standings but faces a 36 point gap to Steve Ramon holding third. Coppins is 10th and only 20 points from Leuret in seventh. Vico is 11th just six points behind Coppins.

World Champion Antonio Cairoli was the winner of the MX2 class for the second time this season. He headed a podium shared by the Pourcel brothers. Top Honda representative was Matti Seistola in 11th overall. Christophe Pourcel still leads the Championship from Cairoli.

After two consecutive events the World Championships will now enjoy a swift break with the Grand Prix of Ireland not occurring until August 27th at the Desertmartin circuit. Only three races remain on the schedule with visits to Holland and France slated after the trip to the Emerald Isle.

Gordon Crockard

Pascal Leuret

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:
“We had some bike problems this weekend and had to run a standard clutch for the races which made it difficult for the gate because I was not familiar with the system. I made a mess of the first start but I stayed tight around the first corner and came out with a good position. I passed a few guys and had a little race with Steve but when I reached second place Stefan had a comfortable lead already. The track was really rough this weekend and you had to give it some respect. I was trying to ride faster and close the gap to Stefan in the second moto but I didn’t want to make mistakes and certainly not crash here, so I played it smart.”

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
“The GP was OK. In the first heat I got a pretty good start but on the first laps I kept making mistakes. I came though and fifth place was really good. My start was OK in the second moto although I crashed after a few laps. I got going again and tried to get into a rhythm. It was hard. I reached 9th place but three or four laps from the end the hose on the back brake came loose. It was a little dangerous to go fast down the hills but I kept going for a few points.”

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
“Today was OK considering that it has been two weeks without riding because of my ankle. I thought it would be worse for me but I tried as hard as I could to be as high as possible. I am satisfied because I am 8th overall but now I have to train hard in these few weeks to be strong for Ireland and Lierop and fast right until the end of the Championship.”

Cristian Beggi, Martin Honda:
“I am normally riding in MX3 and the biggest change for me was the bike. The bigger Honda feels a little bit softer whereas the 450 is so powerful! I have to admit I was quite nervous this weekend. In the first moto I came together with Leok at the start and hurt my right arm in the crash, so that was not the best race! I was struggling with the bike in the second moto but my riding was not bad.”

Pascal Leuret, Multitek Honda:
“Yes, it was my best result this weekend but I feel it could have been better. The track was difficult but I enjoyed it. There was only a problem when it came to passing because I had good speed by myself. I just needed to push a bit more in that first moto and I might have been higher up in the overall.”

2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 12
Grand Prix of Belgium – NAMUR

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Melotte, Cedric / Yamaha
5 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
6 Crockard, Gordon / Honda
7 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
8 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
9 Garcia Vico, Francisco / Honda
10 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
11 Noble, James / Honda
12 Theybers, Danny / Suzuki
13 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
14 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
15 Coulon, Cyril / Suzuki

Joshua Coppins
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
5 Melotte, Cedric / Yamaha
6 Noble, James / Honda
7 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
8 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
9 Garcia Vico, Francisco / Honda
10 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
11 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
12 Theybers, Danny / Suzuki
13 Beggi, Cristian / Honda
14 Verhoeven, Bas / Kawasaki
15 Pyrhonen, Antti / TM
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Philippaerts, David / KTM
3 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
4 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
5 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
6 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
7 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
8 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
9 Monni, Manuel / KTM
10 Seistola, Matti / Honda
11 Nunn, Carl / KTM
12 Caps, Patrick / Honda
13 Renet, Pierre A. / Honda
14 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
15 Simpson, Shaun / Honda
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
3 Nunn, Carl / KTM
4 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
5 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
6 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
7 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
8 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
9 Monni, Manuel / KTM
10 Renet, Pierre A. / Honda
11 Campano, Carlos / KTM
12 Seistola, Matti / Honda
13 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
14 Bonini, Matteo / Yamaha
15 Boissiere, Anthony / Yamaha

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