-- Monster Energy MX Nationals 2012 - Round Eight - Appin
Coppins, Dale and Wilson win Appin Monster Energy MX Nationals
CDR Yamaha’s Josh Coppins has claimed a pivotal third win of the 2012 Monster
Energy MX Nationals, extending his MX1 Australian Motocross Championship lead to
12 points at Appin in New South Wales on Sunday, 29 July.
The former world number two, who announced his retirement from the sport during
the weekend, was fourth in the opening moto, second in moto two and then sealed
the overall with a dominant win in the final 30-minute moto.
It was a special win for the New Zealander on an emotion-charged day, while
title challenger Todd Waters was second for Motul Pirelli Suzuki. Waters started
the round with a victory in the first moto, before claiming a pair of fourths in
the final motos.
“In the first two motos I struggled with arm-pump, which I was surprised with
because the track was really smooth,” Coppins said. “It’s always good to win and
nice to take a few points back [in the race for the championship]. Hopefully we
can keep it up in Moree and not make it too tense at Coolum.”
Third for the round was Honda privateer Jake Moss, a rewarding result in what is
his home round of the championship. Moss was seventh in moto one, but a third
and a second in the final motos landed him on the podium for the weekend.
New Zealand’s Cody Cooper was fourth for Motul Pirelli Suzuki after winning moto
two in fine style, while JDR/KTM Factory Racing rider Dan Reardon completed the
top five just one week after announcing his retirement.
The MX2 category was won by Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Ford Dale as he
attempts to close in on series leader Luke Styke. Dale was a disastrous 10th in
moto one, but bounced back to salvage the overall with two wins to complete the
“The first moto didn’t go to plan after I went down on the second lap,” Dale
said. “The second moto was a lot better and I was able to get into the lead on
the last lap, so I won that. Moto three was good as well, I just rode my own
race and that’s how I ride my best.”
Moto one winner Josh Cachia was second overall and tied with Dale in a
continuation of his recent form, claiming 1-3-5 results for the weekend. Cachia
maintains third in the series behind Styke and Dale.
The podium was completed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Kade Mosig in a solid
performance, scoring second in the first two motos before a seventh in moto
three wrapped up his weekend.
Runaway series leader Styke was fourth for the round in another consistent
effort, now holding down a 31-point lead in the series with three rounds
Winner of the MXD class overall at Appin was Raceline Pirelli Suzuki rider Jay
Wilson in a breakthrough performance. Wilson started off the weekend with a
dream result of two wins in the back-to-back motos, and then won overall with a
third in moto three.
“I’ve finally got the monkey off my back for this year,” Wilson said. “We
finally got it all dialed in, the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki was sweet and I’m so
happy to get this win for them. The team has been working so hard, so it’s nice
to reward them with this.”
Second was Dylan Long for Choice Motorsports KTM, edging out title rival and
fellow KTM contender Kayne Lamont. The Kiwi may have had his four-round win
streak broken, but he enjoys a 27-point lead in the series ahead of Long.
The final moto of the weekend was won by new Axis Motorsports Kawasaki recruit
Dylan Leary, resulting in a promising fourth overall on debut with the team on a
The Monster Energy MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, will now
take two weekends off before continuing at Moree in New South Wales on Sunday,
-- Honda Report
Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing experienced both ends of the spectrum at today’s
eighth round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Appin’s Macarthur
Ford Dale won two races on his way to overall victory in the MX2 class but bad
luck foiled teammate Brad Anderson’s charge. The Brit sustained a twisted ankle
after coming together with another competitor in the second MX1 moto.
A small crash in the opening MX2 moto dropped Dale to the rear of the field. The
Honda rider fought his way back up the order to finish in the top ten. He got a
reasonable start in the second race and steadily worked his way to the front,
passing Kade Mosig for the race lead on the last lap.
In the final 30 minute challenge Dale got another good start and progressively
moved towards the front, before taking control of the moto mid race.
“It is great to come away with a couple of race wins and the overall,” Dale
said. “It really sets me up for the final two events.
“I was clipped by another rider in the opening race and had to fight my way back
through, but everything seemed to fall into place for me in the final two races.
After taking his fourth consecutive podium Ford Dale continues to sit second in
the MX2 championship standings, trailing Luke Styke by 31 points with two rounds
“I lost too many points at the start of the season so it is good to be
consistent now we are at the pointy end of the championship,” he concluded.
Brad Anderson holeshot the opening MX1 race but a mistake on Lap 1 saw him drop
through the order. After catching the frontrunners Anderson finished the race
The Honda rider held the lead off the start in the second moto but was forced
out of the race after twisting his ankle when he came together with another
rider mid jump.
After being examined by Racesafe and with his ankle heavily strapped, Anderson
courageously lined up for the final 30 minute moto, which he finished ninth.
“I felt great and I was so comfortable on the bike today I just can’t believe my
bad luck,” Anderson lamented.
“It felt like I had torn something but Racesafe examined my ankle and strapped
it so I could contest the final race.
“I had limited movement and ninth was definitely not my best race finish but it
could have been a lot worse. I wanted to make sure I came away with some points
from that race,” he continued.
The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing rider who finshed the round tenth has dropped
to fourth in the MX1 championship standings. Anderson will undergo extensive
physiotherapy to ensure he is fully fit for the penultimate round of the 2012
Monster Energy MX Nationals at at Moree in New South Wales on Sunday, 19 August.
-- Yamaha Report
On an emotional day where the New Zealander announced his retirement from full
time professional racing at the end of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals,
Josh Coppins also claimed the overall win at round eight at Appin Raceway,
Coppins started brightly on his CDR Yamaha YZ450F, posting the second fastest
qualifying time behind team mate Lawson Bopping and was confident about what the
day would bring. In what has become typical Coppins style, he started slowly in
the opening back to back motos finishing with 4-2 results and coming to grips
with the hard packed Appin surface.
Then with the emotional package of his retirement announcement finalised in the
lunch break, Coppins burst from the blocks early in race three and proceeded to
check out on his competitors. His consistent 4-2-1 results netted Coppins the
round win and built his lead to 12 points for the championship with just two
“While the track wasn’t difficult, it was a challenge to ride as it was hard to
read traction in the surface. The hard dirt often looked tacky but was quite
slippery and then in the final moto, it was like the moisture was coming back to
the surface again and it was easy to get over aggressive on the throttle or
attack the turns too hard.
“Fortunately, I was able to get a great start in the last moto and just work on
doing my best laps and building a lead.
“It was nice to get the retirement announcement out of the way as it has been
weighing on my mind and every interview I did, it was a question that I was
asked. So to win the day and have the announcement was a big relief and a nice
day for the CDR team and sponsors,” Coppins said.
While team mate Lawson Bopping didn’t have a great day, he finished sixth for
the round, he was able to claw back some points in the championship and move
into third spot for the championship.
Bopping was on fire during the qualifying session posting the fastest time, but
average starts in the first two motos left him charging from the back of the
pack and scrounging for points. He clawed his way back to fifth in each of the
first two motos but wanted a better result in the final 30 minute moto.
Things didn’t start out well as he rounded the first lap in 14th place and with
plenty of work ahead of him. He put his head down and with two laps to go was
knocking on the door of third place and looking for a way by. But hard luck
struck as he miscued a rut and went down and could only salvage eighth place.
“It was a tough day and the results don’t really show how I raced. My track
speed was good, just starts let me down and I was always stuck in traffic in the
early laps of the race.
“I feel confident on the bike but I will get in plenty of practice on my starts
before the next round,” Bopping explains.
“It was a day where the entire team had to work hard for the results today,”
Team manager Craig Dack states. “After years on the GP circuit and longer races,
Josh struggles to get going in the back to back races, but always comes into his
own in the final long race. It finished up a good day for him and I feel
confident he is back riding in good form.”
“Lawson just couldn’t get through the first turn anywhere near the front. His
ride in the final race was heart breaking as he put in a huge effort to get near
the top three and then to throw it away was shattering. He will have better days
but the positive was the he moved to third in the championship.”
The penultimate round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals takes place at
Moree on August 18/19. The CDR Yamaha team will look to build on the confidence
and momentum gained at the Appin round.
-- Suzuki Report
Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s rising star Todd Waters remains in contention for the
2012 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, after storming to second
place overall at Appin’s eighth round in New South Wales on Sunday, 29 July.
Waters, 21, rode the fuel injected RM-Z450 to the runner-up place overall on the
weekend, now sitting 12 points out of the series lead with just two rounds
remaining this season.
After opening his account at Appin with a superb victory in the opening moto,
Waters maintained consistency with a pair of fourth places to complete the
weekend. Those results earned him his seventh podium of the season.
“As soon as the track got hard I struggled a little bit, but I’m pumped to get a
moto win and have to be happy with that,” Waters explained. “I’ve got to give it
to Josh [Coppins] and Jake [Moss] as they were riding unbelievable today, but
I’ve just got to train hard for Moree and try to get that points lead back down.
“I was struggling a little bit with the hard-pack track, it’s just something
that I need to work on and it’s going to be fine. I’m looking forward to Moree
and Coolum, just putting this behind me and coming out hard for those weekends
Motul Pirelli Suzuki teammate Cody Cooper also picked up a dominant moto win at
Appin on Sunday, continuing his recent explosive form. The Kiwi finished eighth
in moto one, first in moto two and seventh in moto three.
Cooper sits fifth in the championship chase, but moved closer to a top three
position as only 32 points now separate him from an overall podium in season
2012. Despite struggling to find consistency during round eight, Cooper was
satisfied to win the second moto.
“Again it was a mixed bag for me,” Cooper reflected. “My speed felt good and I
felt awesome, but it was difficult for sure and Appin was probably the hardest
track of all to pass on – there was just one rut around the whole track during
The Australian Motocross Championship will now take a two-week break before
reaching the penultimate round at Moree in New South Wales on Sunday, 19 August.
-- KTM Report
JDR/KTM Factory Racing rider Josh Cachia claimed another podium in the MX2
category of the MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, at Appin in New
South Wales on Sunday, 29 July.
The 20-year-old was again in sensational form as the series reached round eight
of 10, winning the opening moto of the weekend. Cachia was again up front in the
second moto, before finishing third in the back-to-back format. Moto three saw
him fight back from a bad start to fifth, sealing second overall for the round
on the 250 SX-F.
“It’s been good and I think my level of riding has picked up,” Cachia said. “I
feel like when I get a start, there’s no doubt in my mind that I can hold onto
it – I’ve been proving to people that I can do it. I guess that’s confidence
talking, but still, I got a shocking start in that last 30-minute moto and made
it tough on myself.
“I needed fourth in the final moto for the win, but the track was so tight and
it was tough. I can’t complain though, I got equal first, and I’ve never
finished second overall before. If anything, it’s something new to hang up on my
wall with the number two plate for the weekend.”
Cachia remains third in the championship standings, now 48 points from the
MX1 teammate Dan Reardon, the 2007 series champion, was fifth overall at Appin
after claiming a spectacular second in moto one on the 450 SX-F. Reardon backed
that result up with eighth in moto two and concluded the round with a fifth in
the final outing.
“It was a good day and I was pretty happy,” Reardon said. “We made some changes
during the weekend and they felt good, so if I’m comfortable then I ride well.
The track was hard and fast today, but overall I’m happy and couldn’t ask for
anything better right now.”
Reardon is now ranked eighth in the MX1 title chase, in what he has confirmed
will be his final season of professional competition.
Motorex KTM Off Road Racing’s current Australian Off-Road Championship series
leader Toby Price was a surprise entrant at Appin, finishing a promising 12th
overall on debut. Price was 12th in motos one and two before taking home 13th in
the final moto.
The MXD category for Under 19s riders saw two KTMs on the podium, with
championship hopefuls Dylan Long and Kayne Lamont second and third respectfully.
Lamont now holds a handy 27-point lead over Long with two rounds remaining.
-- Wilsons Jet Pilot Report
Wilsons Jetpilot MX team MX1 contender Luke Wilson piloted his Kawasaki to
23rd overall at round eight of the MX Nationals, Australian Motocross
Championship, at Appin in New South Wales on Sunday, 29 July.
Battling with severe arm-pump throughout the day, Wilson’s results were
hindered, breaking into the top 20 for elusive points once during the three moto
format with 24-20-21 finishes.
“Yeah it wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t my best day either,” said Wilson. “I’ve been
sick for the last week and I’m pretty much sick of making excuses, but I just
got arm-pump real bad and couldn’t hang on.
“So I didn’t really get any results, although I got one point in the second moto
with a 20th and that was about as good as it got for the day. I’m just hoping
for a better next round and will keep trying my hardest.”
Wilson’s fellow MX1 contender and teammate Thomas Rushton, still recovering from
a shoulder injury suffered at Horsham in Victoria a fortnight ago, was able to
complete only one moto on the day.
Rushton scored a 23rd place finish in moto one, before receiving an unfortunate
DNF-DNS score in the final two MX1 motos due to ongoing shoulder complications.
Wilson currently holds 27th position overall in the premier class series, while
Rushton sits in 33rd.
-- Kawasaki Report
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Kade Mosig continues his surge to form late in the
season with a podium in the MX2 class at the 8th round of the 2012 Monster
Energy MX Nationals at Appin, NSW on Sunday 29 July. A DNF for reigning champion
Jay Marmont prevented him from reaching his potential and fellow MX1 rider Billy
Mackenzie settled back into racing well after a 5 round absence, riding once
again with the front runners.
A revitalised Kade Mosig was unfortunate to miss the podium last round after
qualifying in pole however he ensured himself a 3rd place finish at Appin. Mosig
started well in the first two back to back motos and grabbed himself a pair of
2nds. A bad start in the final moto could have spelled disaster but a determined
Kade Mosig fought back hard and did what he had to do to get himself back on the
box. Mosig’s 2-2-7 results gave him 3rd for the day and seats him in 4th place
in the championship.
Kade Mosig say’s, “Yeah I’ve broken the 4th place deal I’ve had going at the
last couple of rounds. Thirds good, I’m happy. We’re on the box. We come to all
these races to be on the box and I just want to win. I felt like I was really
close today but I buggered up my start in the last moto and it let me down. I’ve
just got to stay at it. I feel like we’re making really good progress. I’ve just
got to stay in my routine and keep doing what I’m doing. I just want to win some
motos but I feel we’re on the right track.”
MX1 rider Billy Mackenzie knew that he was facing an uphill battle at Appin,
returning to racing after a lengthy break due to injury. Running back up the
front at times throughout the day, Mackenzie showed that the valuable race time
clocked at Appin should have him challenging again for moto wins at Moree. The
tiring back to back opening motos took their toll on Mackenzie as he finished in
9 & 10th however he started to return to form in the final race, running in 2nd
place for a large part of the moto. Mackenzie’s KX450F was performing superbly
and the Dunlop tyres provided outstanding grip on the difficult hard-packed
track however a small crash relegated Mackenzie back to 6th by the time the
chequered flag came out and he came away with 9-10-6 results for 8th overall.
Billy Mackenzie say’s, “I’m not happy with my results. I’m satisfied.. We got
the bike working a lot better. I just wish we had more time to test in more hard
pack conditions. By the final race we found a set-up that worked. It was nice to
show that I’ve still got the speed. It’s good to be back racing. It’s good to
cut some laps. My hand’s getting stronger and it’s not a problem anymore. I’m
looking forward to the next one so we can progress again.”
Having won the last 4 Australian MX championships in a row, Jay Marmont does not
rely on luck. He works hard for his victories…however a little bit of luck in
2012 would not be unwelcomed. With his body now healthy and his KX450F working
superbly, Marmont was quietly confident heading to Appin and looking forward to
a successful home round. It wasn’t to be his day though with a crash in the
second turn of the opening moto breaking his clutch lever, forcing him back to
the starting gate where he had to patiently wait for the next race. Then loose
spokes in his rear wheel in the second moto did not have his KX450F responding
as it should have. Although he fought back well later in the day to take 3rd in
the final race, the damage was already done. Marmont’s DNF-7-3 results left him
in 9th for the round.
Jay Marmont say’s, “It was a pretty miserable day. The first two races didn’t go
to plan. I ended the day on a positive note though with a third. I’ve just got
to put this day behind me and look forward to the next round.”
The Kawasaki KX250F enjoyed success at Appin not only in the MX2 class thanks to
Kade Mosig’s podium but also in the MXD class with new Axis Motorsports Kawasaki
signing Dylan Leary taking the final moto win.
Australian Women’s Champion, Meghan Rutledge, recently returned from a
successful racing stint in the USA and she wasted no time implementing skills
and knowledge gathered on the international stage to her racing back home. As
the only female in the MXD class, 17 year old Rutledge beat more than half the
field in the second moto, finishing inside the top 20 from 40 starters.
Monster Energy Kawasaki is confident of a successful final two rounds of the
championship next month. Showing good speed, Kade Mosig is on track for a solid
finish to the series in the MX2 class. Jay Marmont will as always dig deep to do
what he has to do to be back on top of the box again and the race time gathered
at Appin will set Billy Mackenzie back on the path to moto victories.