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WMXIrelandAugust 27, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 13
Grand Prix of Ireland – Desert Martin, Northern Ireland

Coppins breaks Everts’ stranglehold with superb victory in Ireland

CAS Honda rider Josh Coppins has taken his sixth consecutive Grand Prix podium result and his most important of the 2006 World Championship when he broke Stefan Everts’ iron-grip on the MX1 class at a windy and cloudy Desertmartin.

Joshua Coppins

Ken DeDycker

The Grand Prix of Northern Ireland and the thirteenth round of fifteen was the setting for an excellent and captivating competition between Coppins and new Champion Everts. The pair won a moto each but the second race success by the New Zealander meant that his Belgian rival was lowered to the second platform of the podium for the first time this year. The British team were further buoyed when Ken de Dycker sealed third overall for their first double rostrum appearance. The Belgian celebrated his second haul of silverware this term.

Desertmartin was the first of two successive ‘sandy’ circuits for the campaigners of the MX1 and MX2 classes. The fine mud carved into a bumpy and rough surface and was adequate training for a deeper and slightly more technical test next week at Lierop. The terrain was a physical test elevated by the chilly and rainy weather that dumped frequent showers on the circulating pack.

Coppins, who sealed his first pole position of 2006 on Saturday (his second successive pole at Desertmartin), made numerous adjustments to the CRF450R including a different cylinder head and altered gearing in an effort to fine tune the configuration for the demanding Irish track. His nuance for set-up stood him in good stead for two incredibly physical motos.

The first race was almost a carbon-copy of his pursuit of Everts in the Czech Republic but this time lasted until the chequered flag with only seven tenths of a second dividing the warring twosome at the line. Everts remained aloof and although Coppins showed his front wheel a few times he was powerless to make an overtaking move concrete.

He clearly was not prepared for another snub in Moto2 as he tried to break away from Everts after taking the holeshot but then remained firmly in the World Champion’s tracks after the inevitable attack. The riders interchanged several times until Coppins managed to squeeze some daylight ahead of the Yamaha in the final third of the race. They lapped everybody up to third position and the backmarkers added to an already tense face-off. Entering the last ten minutes Everts eased his speed, unable to match Coppins’ pace and number ‘2’ was free to become only the third rider to prize a moto away from the ten times Champion this year.

Ken De Dycker was also particularly quick this weekend and this was never more evident than in his flight from a first lap, first moto crash. Plugging away from fourteenth the 22 year old reached a standing of third, he would lose a similar result in the second moto to Jonathan Barragan but his fourth position was sufficient for Honda’s best day of the World Championship so far.

It was a poor weekend for the Martin Honda team. Javier Garcia Vico flew back to his Belgian base Sunday morning after failing to qualify and confirming only 31st position for the first reserve slot. The Spaniard was in a lot of pain after tweaking his injured left ankle sustained in a heavy crash at the South African Grand Prix. Ligament damage to the joint means further complications and the 32 year old opted to seek further medical assistance.

Absent Brian Jorgensen has undergone cortisone injections to assist in the recovery of his lower back problem. The Dane is confirmed to return at Lierop next week.

Cristian Beggi was the only rider to fly Martin Honda colors today but was exercising caution ahead of the final round of the MX3 World Championship next week at Roggenburg in Switzerland. The Italian notched his best MX1 finish with tenth in the first moto but a set of bent handlebars after being knocked down in the second race forced a DNF.

Other notable mentions at Desertmartin included local rider Gordon Crockard who steered his Wulfsport Honda to 5th place during the first race; his second highest result of the season.

In the World Championship De Dycker has drawn to within nine points of Steve Ramon in third position and Coppins is now seventh despite missing seven Grand Prix with a shoulder injury.

In MX2 Matti Seistola was fifteenth in Moto1 while Wulfsport Honda’s Martin Kohut reached a World Championship best of twelfth and highest CRF 250F campaigner in the second race. Tyla Rattray, Christophe Pourcel and Antonio Cairoli walked the steps of the podium.

The fourteenth round of fifteen in the 2006 campaign will occur in just one week with a visit to Lierop for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. Two major events remain on the off-road calendar with the final GP scheduled at Ernee in France in three weeks and then the 60th Motocross of Nations in which Coppins, Vico and Jorgensen will be present for New Zealand, Spain and Denmark at Matterley Basin on September 24th.

Gordon Crockard

Pascal Leuret

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:

“I am so happy and it feels so good to win again. I had a decent first moto but I found that some of the backmarkers were probably not used to having someone with Stefan when he comes through, so they were just heading back onto the line and blocking me. I could not stick with him for 30 minutes in Czech Republic but this time he was not getting away. I was able to come back each time and was strong but in the second race I gave everything I had because I wanted that win. I had the holeshot and pushed really hard. I had a lead of three seconds but I knew he would come back at me. I slowed down and started breathing a little bit better. I followed him and watched his lines and I knew I would be able to get back in front. Once I had the lead I saw the pit-board tell me that the time between us was increasing. I did not expect to win here because Stefan was so dominant last year but I am really pleased for my team, mechanic and everyone who has believed in me.”

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
“In the first moto my front wheel slid away after the step-up. I came back to third, which was great, but it was not easy as my arms started to pump and I used a lot of energy. I did not have such a good start in the second moto and moved to third when Steve crashed. Stefan and Josh were gone so early; there was no chance of going with them. I did not have any more power towards the end of the race and I was making so many mistakes but I am so happy to be back on the podium.”

Cristian Beggi, Martin Honda:
“The track was very hard today but I got a good jump from the gate in that first moto. I was on the outside and it was initially a bit tough to make the corner. I found a good rhythm and passed some riders like Leok and Leuret. At the end I was happy with tenth for only my second MX1 GP. In the second heat the start was worse than the first. I was again looking for a rhythm but I came up to a crash with two riders down. I moved around them but someone hit me from behind. The bike was running OK but the handlebars were bent and I suddenly felt very tired having to restart again. I was far behind so decided to stop.”

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
“I tried to qualify but the track was so rough and I could not get comfortable on the bike. I know I have some ligament damage and I want to get some treatment and more consultation.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road co-ordinator Honda Europe:
“What a day. Josh took the race right to Stefan and we are over-the-moon with the result. It looked close in the first race and the second was phenomenal. I am pleased with De Dycker’s result also, he is working on his condition and it is getting better and stronger all the time. Crockard had a good first race and it is good to see him up with the leaders again. The greatest respect to Josh today though for taking on Stefan around a track as rough as that.”

2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 13
Grand Prix of Ireland – Desert Martin, Northern Ireland

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
4 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
5 Crockard, Gordon / Honda
6 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
7 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
8 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
9 Pyrhonen, Antti / TM
10 Beggi, Cristian / Honda
11 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
12 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
13 Salaets, Kristof / Yamaha
14 Smith, Wayne / Honda
15 Jones, Mark / Honda
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
2 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
3 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
4 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
5 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
6 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
7 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
8 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
9 Noble, James / Honda
10 Pyrhonen, Antti / TM
11 Lindhe, Jonny / KTM
12 Freibergs, Lauris / Suzuki
13 Norlen, Marcus / Suzuki
14 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
15 Bradshaw, Neville / Suzuki

Joshua Coppins
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
2 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
3 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
4 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
5 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
6 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
7 Philippaerts, David / KTM
8 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
9 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
10 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
11 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
12 Monni, Manuel / KTM
13 Nunn, Carl / KTM
14 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
15 Seistola, Matti / Honda
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
2 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
3 Philippaerts, David / KTM
4 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
5 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
6 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
7 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
8 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
9 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
10 Schiffer, Marcus / KTM
11 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
12 Kohut, Martin / Honda
13 Seistola, Matti / Honda
14 Monni, Manuel / KTM
15 Boog, Xavier / Yamaha

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