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Coppins Finishes Career With Lommel Nations Outing
Posted by: newsla on Oct 01, 2012 - 10:38 AM
Coppins Finishes Career With Lommel Nations Outing

Coppins finishes career with Lommel Nations outing
Monster Energy Yamaha bade farewell to one of their best servants today as Josh Coppins scored the best result for New Zealand with eleventh position in the first moto of the 66th Motocross of Nations in Belgium for what was the GP veteran’s final professional appearance.


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The 2012 Australian Champion defied some of his 35 years to plough through the rough and draining sand at Lommel to help his country to fifteenth in the overall standings but the symbolism of the race meant it was an emotional and satisfying weekend for the factory team.

65,000 fans travelled to the annual season curtain-closer and the yearly fantastic carnival of colour and action that brings over thirty countries together with their three fastest representatives to do action through three races on one day. Germany was able to triumph for the first time ahead of the host nation and outgoing champions USA.

Puerto Rico were unable to enter the A-Final on Sunday after Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne suffered a crash on Saturday and then another in the opening phases of the ‘last chance’ heat. The American pulled back to fifth position on his rapid YZ250F but was another rider waving farewell to the European racing scene as the former British Champion and 2009 Turkish GP winner will be returning to his native country after four competitive years on YZ technology. Team-mate Arnaud Tonus (for Switzerland) was desperately unlucky to fall and sustain an impact from another rider on Saturday and underwent an operation on Sunday to repair broken tibia and fibula bones in his right leg.

Josh Coppins:

“It was a tough track but it reminded me there is no chance of another comeback! After that second race I was so tired I was thinking ‘no, never again!’. Three motos was hard today because we had to qualify from the B-Final. There were times when I rode really well today and I’m proud about that. We improved our set-up in the sand in the past week. I feel that if I ha been racing more then I would have been able to do more but I’m happy and looking forward to stopping. The next chapter is more work with Yamaha and New Zealand and some different roles.”

Zach Osborne:

“It was not the best of weekends but I had some good speed. Just a mistake in the qualifying practice took us out and into the B-Final. I was fifth there, but we did our best and hopefully will be back next year. Obviously the Motocross of Nations is a massive event with an electric atmosphere and everything you’d want a race meeting to be as a pro motocrosser. I started my European adventure at this track in 2008 and I’ve learnt a lot about myself in this time. It has been a big journey and I want to give thanks to everyone who has made me feel so welcome and helped me out.”

66th Motocross of Nations classification

1. Germany
2. Belgium
3. USA
4. Holland
5. Italy

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