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 heís spending the summer months looking after WMX title-contender Courtney Duncan.

ďIím coming over to the UK the weekend before,Ē he said, ďand Iíve 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. Iíve never ridden there so I thought Iíd enter.

ďI still do a few races Ė this will be my third one this year. Iím a test rider for Yamaha so itís important that I stay somewhat in shape so itís a good opportunity to see where Iím at and how my ridingís going. Thereís no better way to do that than race.Ē

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

ďI think if I could be close to a podium Iíd be happy. My focus is on Courtney and her championship but I still get to ride occasionally. Obviously Iíve got a lot of experience, itís just whether Iíll have the fitness and speed and to see if I still do is part of the reason Iím racing.

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

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

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,Ē he said. ďHe 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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