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WMXNetherlandsSeptember 3, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 14
Grand Prix of Netherlands – Lierop, Netherlands

Coppins' good form rolls on with seventh podium in a row

CAS Honda’s Josh Coppins finished runner-up for the fourteenth and penultimate round of the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship at a damp Lierop for the Karcher Grand Prix of The Netherlands. It was the seventh successive set of silverware for the Kiwi after returning from injury at the British Grand Prix in June.



Joshua Coppins


Joshua Coppins


Lierop is the deepest sand track on the calendar. The rough and changeable terrain is physically draining as well as requiring a special kind of skill to negotiate the ruts and bumps. The course favors riders weaned and schooled in the Benelux region and the technical demands quickly separates the capable riders in a matter of laps.

Coppins gained the hole-shot in the opening moto but was quickly passed by Everts. The New Zealander lost second place briefly to his team-mate Ken de Dycker but was able to gain a second wind and took advantage of the Belgian’s flagging pace to move back into the runner-up position and then consolidate his standing. De Dycker slipped back to fifth after the advances of Steve Ramon and Tanel Leok proved too hard to repel.

The second sprint saw Everts again dominant, and the Belgian would go on to confirm a record 100th career victory. Coppins tried his best to stay with the World Champion but his third race in a week coupled with the physically-sapping nature of the track meant a hard day’s work. The 29 year old had to remain focussed with Jonathan Barragan less than ten seconds behind him for the majority of the race. A mistake would be costly, not only in terms of positions but also breaking rhythm and inviting fatigue.

Eventually he drifted through for another second position and lined-up next to a buoyant Everts on the podium. De Dycker was a less effective force and a crash on this occasion saw the 22 year old spiral down the classification to 12th spot for eighth overall.

Martin Honda were again fielding one rider with Cristian Beggi fulfilling his duties in MX3 World Championship and Javier Garcia Vico electing to stay at home and allow time for his injured ankle to heal. Brian Jorgensen was competing for the first time since attempting the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at the end of July. The Dane, who announced that he will end a ten year career at the close of the season after a final appearance for his country at the 60th Motocross of Nations, made an emotional press conference Saturday night to announce his decision.

On Sunday Jorgensen had to retire in the first moto after his injured back was not able to withstand the punishment dished out by the track and he experienced strong cramps. The 31 year old then decided to watch the second race. He will travel back to Denmark for a national event next week and then get ready for Ernee and his career-finishing bow at the Motocross of Nations.

A special mention must go to PAR Honda’s Mark Jones. In one of his few Grand Prix appearances the Welshman and British Championship regular kept steady for a season-best 11th place in the second MX1 moto.

De Dycker is fourth in the World Championship standings and 20 points behind Steve Ramon in third. Coppins is seventh, and with 45 points separating him from Jonathan Barragan further promotion is unlikely.

Only 50 points remain up for grabs with the final round of the series due to take place in two weeks at Ernee for the Grand Prix of France.

The MX2 class was owned by Christophe Pourcel for the second time this year with Antonio Cairoli second and Tyla Rattray third. Honda’s top representative was again SRS Honda’s Matti Seistola with a decent 10th position overall.

Only 50 points remain up for grabs with the final round of the series due to take place in two weeks at Ernee for the Grand Prix of France.



Ken DeDycker


Ken DeDycker


Josh Coppins, CAS Honda:
“The sand is not my favorite surface. I had to use my energy wisely and I did the best I could. Second was the most I could achieve today and I knew it would be hard to beat Stefan; I just had to ride my own race. I was leading out of the gate in the first moto and Stefan passed me straightaway. My team-mate also came through but I knew he would not be able to continue that pace and I got him back when he became tired. I made some consistent laps to pull away and keep second but it was a boring race. That moto was actually better than the second one because I was tired later on and could not ride how I wanted.”

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
“I had some good speed at the starts and the first moto was good until about half way through and then my arms pumped up and I was feeling tired. In the second heat I felt low physically from the first few laps and when I crashed it was over. I did not have any power in my legs and arms; the track was difficult but it was the same for everyone else.”

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
“In those kinds of extreme conditions I was always going to be struggling. The track is so rough around the far side of the circuit that there is not one moment to have a little breather and sit down on the bike. I could not keep pushing so hard and it was very difficult.”

On retirement “I have had some good moments in my career and I feel that it is time to stop because I have had many ups and downs the last few years and I feel that I have worked the hardest I can mentally; I do not feel that I am getting back what I am putting into it. The results are not what I want and it is time for me to pull the plug and do something else with my life. I have been lucky to have worked with many good teams such as Suzuki, the Yamaha team and Martin Honda. I had a good time in each team and took a few decent results. I want to thank everyone who has ever supported or helped me and I hope I have given people some entertainment or put on a good show.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Europe Off-Road Co-ordinator:
“A good result for Josh because it is very difficult here. I have to say congratulations to Stefan Everts on behalf of Honda for reaching 100 Grand Prix wins. Ken suffered with condition a bit today and it was good to see Mark Jones doing well in that second moto.”


2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 14
Grand Prix of Netherlands – Lierop


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
5 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
6 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
7 Verhoeven, Bas / Kawasaki
8 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
9 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
10 Norlen, Marcus / Suzuki
11 Salaets, Kristof / Yamaha
12 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
13 Salvini, Alex / Suzuki
14 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
15 Freibergs, Lauris / Suzuki



Joshua Coppins
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Coppins, Joshua / Honda
3 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
4 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
5 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
6 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
7 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
8 Freibergs, Lauris / Suzuki
9 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
10 Verhoeven, Bas / Kawasaki
11 Jones, Mark / Honda
12 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
13 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
14 Norlen, Marcus / Suzuki
15 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
3 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
4 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
5 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
6 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
7 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
8 Philippaerts, David / KTM
9 Nunn, Carl / KTM
10 Roelants, Joel / KTM
11 Seistola, Matti / Honda
12 Schiffer, Marcus / KTM
13 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
14 van Vijfeijken, Rob / Yamaha
15 Verbruggen, Dennis / Yamaha
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
2 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
3 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
4 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
5 Nunn, Carl / KTM
6 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
7 Searle, Tommy / Kawasaki
8 Schiffer, Marcus / KTM
9 Seistola, Matti / Honda
10 Verbruggen, Dennis / Yamaha
11 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
12 Renet, Pierre A. / Honda
13 van Vijfeijken, Rob / Yamaha
14 Boissiere, Anthony / Yamaha
15 Carlsson, Johan / Yamaha
 


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