Coppins is coming!

20 July 2017

Go Back Kiwi legend Josh Coppins will race as a wildcard at round seven of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro Clean at Preston Docks on July 30.

The two-time British champion, who was leading the 2007 world MX1 championship by 107 points until he was injured, will travel across from his base in Belgium where hes spending the summer months looking after WMX title-contender Courtney Duncan.

Im coming over to the UK the weekend before, he said, and Ive got the time off before flying to the South of France on holiday so I was looking for somewhere to have a ride and I saw that event was on. Ive never ridden there so I thought Id enter.

I still do a few races this will be my third one this year. Im a test rider for Yamaha so its important that I stay somewhat in shape so its a good opportunity to see where Im at and how my ridings going. Theres no better way to do that than race.

The 40-year-old, a two-time world vice-champion, still feels he can be competitive five years after retiring from full-time racing.

I think if I could be close to a podium Id be happy. My focus is on Courtney and her championship but I still get to ride occasionally. Obviously Ive got a lot of experience, its just whether Ill have the fitness and speed and to see if I still do is part of the reason Im racing.

Im doing the World Vet Champs at Glen Helen in November so if I do this race Ill see where Im at in my preparations for that.

Ive got a Yamaha here that I do some training on so Ill put it in the van and come over. I wont have a mechanic or anything, it will just be purely race, see how I go and enjoy myself.

Maxxis series manager Stuart Drummond is looking forward to watching Coppins race.

"Obviously we're very excited at the prospect of seeing a rider of Josh Coppins' calibre in action in the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship, he said. He made a lot of fans during his time racing in the UK who will be keen to watch him race again.

"He's been retired for a few years from top-flight racing but I know he still rides and is famous for being a fierce competitor so it will be interesting to see how he gets on. He's certainly not travelling all that way just to make up the numbers."

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