Heading into Round 8 of the MX1 World Championship in France this weekend, Yamaha Monster Energy racer, Josh Coppins, seemedconfident that he could capitalize on a strong result to keep himself in the hunt for the MX1 title, however the Kiwi left Ernee a little disillusioned but still fourth in the MX1 points chase.
In Saturday’s qualifying race Coppins was quick out the gate, only just missing out on the hole-shot as the pack rounded the first corner. As ever, the pace was very fast out front, and with a solid ride ‘Lizzard’ qualified in 4th position to give a great gate pick for the French Grand Prix.
On Sunday morning a torrential shower drenched the hard pack Ernee circuit as the first MX1 moto lined up on the gates. When the gate dropped ‘Lizzard’ was fairly quick of the mark as he powered his black Yamaha YZ450FM around the opening lap. Settling into 6th position early in the race and riding very smooth throughout, Coppins finished the opening moto in 6th position.
The 2nd moto was a better start for the Kiwi as he headed through the first corner in 4th position. With a tight battle up front throughout the entire 35 minute and 2 lap race, Coppins defended his fourth place until ten minutes was left on the clock. He finally lost his battle to Cairoli, Philippaerts and Desalle to cross the line in 7th position, giving him a 6th overall for the day.
“I got tired and didn’t have any power at the end; there was nothing left in the tank. I still have the same problem as the last few GPs and I am not sure why because my strength is normally my strong point. So I am struggling a little bit at the moment and need to get it fixed.” admitted the disappointed Kiwi.
Coppins will head back to Belgium for a round of the Belgian MX champs next weekend at the former GP circuit of Kester, before trekking to east to Germany for round 9 of 15 in the FIM MX World championship series in Teutschenthal the following week.