The big news coming from the Australian Motocross championship which took place this weekend at Appin in New South Wales is Josh Coppins will retire at the end of 2012 after 17 years riding in the pro’s.
Aussie website MotoOnline reported the news from Josh over the weekend, “Obviously I’ve been around for a long time now,” said Coppins in the CDR Yamaha semi during a class press conference during the lunch break. “I’ve worked it flying over here and I’ve done 600 professional races and almost 200 GPs.
“It’s been a long time, I’ve done 17 years as a pro now. So I’ve done a lot of laps and had a lot of time on the bike and together with my family I’ve decided it is time to stop and look to do other things.
“I’ve had a great time here in Australia and my only regret is that I wish I had come back even earlier from Europe to race here. I’ve enjoyed my time here, I’ve enjoyed working with CDR Yamaha, it’s been great.
“I just really want to say thanks to them for giving me the opportunity and also it looks like we are going to be continuing and doing stuff in the future, together with Craig [Dack] in New Zealand and maybe even in Europe.”
MOTO has known Josh for a long while now and wish him and his family all the best for the future – Have fun Lizard.
Checkout the gallery from MOTO’s Ray Chuss of Josh and his return visit to this years Maxxis British championship round at Milton Malsor.