Yamaha have ruled the competitive Australian Motocross Championship once more and thanks to CDR Yamaha and Josh Coppins the YZ450F was able to stand atop the podium for one of the most sought-after national titles in the MX world. For veteran and former Grand Prix winner Coppins adding the Aussie crown to his vast CV of accomplishments was the last major stamp on a career that lasted almost twenty years at the highest level.
Coppins scored second position overall at Coolum in Queensland last weekend in what was the tenth and final round of the series. The 35 year old picked up seven moto victories and posted fantastic 21 top three finishes in the 30 motos run over the course of the contest. It was the fifth consecutive championship for the Australian CDR team.
“This ranks highly for me,” said the New Zealander, who spent three seasons as a factory Yamaha racer in the FIM MX1-GP World Championship. “No domestic championship is easy, even more so when it’s not in your home country. The level of the teams impressed me and overall I’ve had a great time and I am really happy I got to ride here before I retired.”
“It felt good to repay Yamaha and all the sponsors,” he added. “I feel at home with Yamaha and have now won races for them all over the world. The latest YZ450F has been one of my favourite bikes of my pro career.”
Coppins will represent his country at Lommel in Belgium for the 66th Motocross of Nations on September 30th. The Kiwi has always been in contention to fly his flag since his first appearance back in 1993. ‘The Lizard’ will then contemplate his next steps: “I will stay involved with Yamaha and in mx, mostly back home in New Zealand but also abroad. We are still talking; I think they wanted me to get this championship in the bag before we made to many plans but I’m happy that we have a future laid out.”
“I’m excited for Josh that he was able to win this championship,” said CDR Yamaha Team Principal Craig Dack to Yamaha Australia. “I have said it before, but the working relationship I have with Josh is still the best I have had with a rider in doing this role in 20 years. For Josh to secure our 36th championship, in our 20th anniversary of CDR Yamaha is a fitting reward and another historic moment for CDR and Yamaha.”