The 2010 RHL Weston Beach Race will wave goodbye to one of the best International MX riders of this era. Josh Coppins will make his final ride in the UK at the RHL Beach Race on the 17th October. Coppins who finished runner up in the World MX Championship in 2005 and has ridden on the GP scene for the past 17 years notching up 12 GP Wins, over 50 GP podiums, plus two British Championship titles the New Zealander will be heading home at the end of the year to take up a career riding for Yamaha in Australia and New Zealand in 2011.
Commenting he said “I’ve had a great career over here in Europe in the British and GP scene and now I’m looking forward to new challenges back at home. I have only ever ridden the RHL Beach Race twice once in 2007 where I was second and then I rode again in 2008 and had to DNF as my bike broke. My goal this year is to finish firstly and also finish well. In 2007 the race was cut short to two hours so I haven’t finished it yet at the full distance! I am looking forward to going home but I want to get on the place with hopefully a Beach Race win!”
Last year the race was red flagged after a crash on the start line. 16-year-old Ty Kellett was taken by ambulance and police escort to Frenchay Hospital and was put in a sedated coma for three weeks. Despite the injuries Ty is making an impressive come back to this year’s RHL Beach Race and will be riding to raise money for the WRVS charity which looked after his parents through the days when Ty was making his recovery.
The now 17-year-old Ty is excited about riding this year saying “I love the RHL Weston Beach Race, I have ridden many times and I am not going to let this stop me! It was touch and go last year after the crash but it was just one of those things. I’ve been working very hard to get myself back to full fitness and compete in the race that I absolutely love. Everyone was great last year and extremely supportive of myself and my family and I can’t wait to get there next week and back out on the sands racing!”
On the Quads side, the quad race will as always take place on Saturday the 16th October. The 2009 RHL Weston Quad race winner Jason Macbeth will be back to defend his title. He said “I started racing at the Beach Race in 2002, and I’ve raced every year since excluding 2007 when I was injured. I’ve had two second places, two ninths and one DNF, plus I managed to finally take the win last year and looking at doing the same again in 2010.”
Macbeth will be joined by numerous times British Quad Champion Paul Winrow, who will be fighting hard over the three hours for the exclusive Weston win.
Winrow commented “I’ve ridden at the RHL Weston Beach Race eight times and won it four of the eight. I’m particularly looking forward to this year as I’m racing in the quad race and also the solo race. It’s a great atmosphere over the three days, the year long hard work, commitment and professionalism of the RHL Team has made the event one of the top racing events in Europe and one of the most professional events in my racing calendar. The people are great and very supportive of everyone and it’s a great fun weekend for all involved. I can’t wait and hope I can notch up some wins!”
The three days will be action packed and the planned timetable is listed below, for more information see www.wbruk.com.
TIMETABLE OF EVENTS
Friday 15 th October, 2010
11.00am – 4.00pm Side by Side Racing
4.00pm – 4.45pm FMX Freestyle Award Presentation
Saturday 16th October, 2010
9.30am – 10.30am Kids Quad Race
11.00am – 12.00pm Kids 65cc Race
12.15pm – 12.45 pm Freestyle Display
1.00pm -4.00pm Adult Quad / Sidecar Race
4.30pm – 5.00pm Freestyle Display
5.00pm Award Presentation
Sunday 18th October 2010
9.30am – 11am Kids 85cc Race
11.45am – 12.30pm Freestyle Display
1.00pm – 4.00pm Adult Solo Race
4.30pm – 5.00 Freestyle Display
5.00pm Prize Giving
Once again RHL Activities have gained the support of their loyal sponsors for the 2010 race:
Molson/Hyundai – www.molsongroup.co.uk and www.hyundai.eu
Doodson Broking Group – www.doodsonbg.com
Polaris – www.polarisindustries.com
Red Bull – www.redbull.co.uk
Rock Oil – www.rockoil.co.uk
Ice Valley Spring Water – www.shepleyspring.co.uk