A "boot camp" lies ahead for leading Kiwi motocross racers Kayne Lamont and Maximus Purvis as the 2018 motocross nationals draw near. Luck did not favour the two Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team stars at the weekend's annual Auckland Motocross Championships at Tuakau, but there's no reason for team manager Josh Coppins to be pushing any panic buttons just yet.
It's not often that Josh Coppins could be called an 'accidental hero', but that's what he was at the opening round of the New Zealand Supercross Championships in Tokoroa on the Monday of Labour Weekend. The now-retired former Grand Prix motocross star from Motueka, the boss of the high-profile Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team, was left with a minor problem when his 250cc class rider, Mangakino's Maximus Purvis, crashed out of the MX Fest motocross event in Taupo on Sunday.
Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont is back on top of the Kiwi motocross scene, temporarily at least. The 24-year-old Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider made his MX1 class debut a winning one at the weekend’s popular annual MX Fest event in Taupo on Sunday, claiming the main trophy after a day-long battle with reigning national MX1 champion Cody Cooper, of Mount Maunganui.
It was with terribly mixed emotions that New Zealand's Courtney Duncan wrapped up her 2017 Women's Motocross Championships campaign in France at the weekend. She lapped all but one rider in the final race of the year, but she ultimately had to accept the No.3 position in the championship standings.
It's crunch time for Otago's Courtney Duncan as she lines up at the sixth and final round of the Women's Motocross World Championships in France this weekend. Just five points separate the top four competitors – with Altherm JCR Yamaha rider Duncan second in the standings and just two point behind leader Nancy Van de Ven – and so the title will go down to the wire at the French track of Villars-sous-Ecot on Saturday and Sunday.
Otago's Courtney Duncan refuses to accept defeat, despite her losing her place on the top of the world motocross standings at the weekend. The Altherm Yamaha Racing Team rider from Palmerston endured a difficult weekend at the fifth round of six in this season's Women's Motocross World Championships (WMX) at Assen, in The Netherlands, on Saturday and Sunday.
While Canterbury's Dylan Walsh is making waves in Europe this season, he's also fiercely keen to return to New Zealand at the end of the year and "settle some unfinished business". "I will be coming home to race for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team again this summer, at the annual Whakatane Summercross (just after Christmas), at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville (in late January) and then at the nationals (starting in February)."
Motueka's Josh Coppins didn't have the best of it during his wildcard appearance at the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championships round at the weekend, but he's putting on a brave face nonetheless. The 40-year-old Yamaha hero is philosophical about how his weekend panned out at Preston Docks, Preston, the seventh round of eight in the British series, a one-off appearance there for the former Grand Prix motocross star.
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 he’s spending the summer months looking after WMX title-contender Courtney Duncan.
The "Kiwi Girl" is back on top of the world. Otago's Courtney Duncan is back where she belongs ... on top of the women's motocross world (WMX) championship standings after another sensational display of riding skill, courage and common sense, this time at Loket, in the Czech Republic.
He's officially been retired from fulltime motocross racing for a few seasons now, but don't try telling Josh Coppins that he should slow down any time soon. As manager of the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team in New Zealand and major backer of Otago's Courtney Duncan in her bid to win the Women's Motocross World Championships (WMX) this season, former GP star Coppins is spending a great deal of time in Europe this year.
The Altherm Yamaha Racing Team rider from Palmerston will likely be centre of attention when the racers line up at the fourth round of six in this season's Women's Motocross World Championships (WMX) at Loket, in the Czech Republic, on Saturday and Sunday.
The Altherm Yamaha Racing Team rider from Palmerston is exactly halfway through her campaign to win the 2017 Women's Motocross World Championships (WMX) and she's well on target to wrap up the title that she was unlucky not to clinch on debut last season.
New Zealand's Courtney Duncan is still on target to win her first motocross world championship crown and this is despite her suffering a massive set- back in France at the weekend. The 21-year-old Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider from Otago crashed out of her first of two Women’s Motocross World Championship races at Ernee, in north-western France, the third round of six in the series, but she bounced back to win the next race the following day.
New Zealand's Courtney Duncan continues to lead the Women’s Motocross World Championships after a difficult time at round two of the series in Italy at the weekend. The 21-year-old Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider from Otago finished 2-3 in her two WMX outings, but this was still enough for her to extend her championship lead from one point to six over the new No.2 woman in the title chase, fellow Yamaha star and Italy's defending world champion Kiara Fontanesi.
Canterbury's Dylan Walsh had not intended to race the New Zealand Motocross Championships this season, but now he's ended up as national No.2. It's a ranking the Christchurch man will happily accept, a surprise since no true racer ever likes to be beaten, but the last-minute decision to race the nationals in New Zealand this season will hopefully now propel him on to greater things when he takes on the elite of Europe, starting with round one of the European 250cc Motocross (EMX250) Championships at Pietramurata, in Trentino, Italy, on April 16.
A spectacular winning streak at the weekend has enabled Canterbury's Dylan Walsh to close to within strike range of winning this season's national 250cc motocross championships. The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider from Christchurch took his YZ250F to score a hat-trick of wins in the MX2 (250cc) class at the third round of four in this year's New Zealand Motocross Championships in Manawatu on Sunday, boosting him to within just 11 points of catching championship leader and defending champion Hamish Harwood, with just one round remaining in the series. .
The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team took command of proceedings at round three of the New Zealand Motocross Championships in the Manawatu at the weekend. Team riders Dean Ferris and Dylan Walsh dominated both the premier classes at the sandy Himatangi circuit on Sunday and have now set themselves up superbly for a glorious finish at the final round of the series in Taupo in two weeks' time. .
PANGKAL PINANG (Indonesia), 5 March 2017 - The FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship started this week with race one on Saturday and race two taking place on Sunday where Altherm JCR Yamaha’s Courtney Duncan took the first Red Plate of the season.
The New Zealand Motocross Championships have reached the halfway stage with Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team riders all well placed to savour success when the series wraps up next month. With two out of four rounds now complete – racing from Timaru and Rotorua now in the record books – Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team boss Josh Coppins says he is ready to have his men turn up the heat on their rivals.
The privilege of rank can be a double-edge sword sometimes, that authority allowing the freedom to indulge oneself on occasion, but it also includes the tyranny of having to take responsibility for the welfare of others. Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team manager Josh Coppins has recently experienced both extremes.
The building blocks are in place and now the high-profile Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team will look ahead to strengthening its position as a title contender in two separate classes at this year’s motocross nationals. It could be considered “the one that got away” for Josh Coppins and his Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team after team riders Dean Ferris and Dylan Walsh finished Sunday’s opening round of the New Zealand Motocross Championships in second place in their respective MX1 and MX2 (250cc) classes.
Two years of racing in the United States seems to have given Canterbury motocross ace Dylan Walsh a sharper edge to his riding. The 19-year-old from Christchurch arrived back home just in time to race at the 56th annual edition of the big New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville on Sunday and what a homecoming it was.
New Zealand motocross legend Josh Coppins gave the large crowd at Oreti Beach on Friday night another glimpse of his class on a motorbike.
Legendary Kiwi motocross rider Josh Coppins only has a couple of trophy's on display at his home despite a bulging CV.
Coaching may be his focus these days but former motocross Grand Prix star Josh Coppins still finds plenty of excuses to race again.
An infrequent racer these days, former motocross Grand Prix star Josh Coppins was thrilled to discover he was still capable of winning a podium spot.
Rising New zealand motocross talent Courtney Duncan has a point to prove in Europe this weekend The Yamaha rider will wrap up her European campaign when she races the seventh and final round of the women's world championship in the Netherlands.
One of New Zealand's most exciting motocross talents will line up at the Southland Championships this weekend. Otago rider Courtney Duncan produced a stunning performance in Qatar last month when the 20-year-old won the opening round of the women's motocross world championships.
As expected it was Courtney Duncan who provided the highlight of the 2016 Southland Motocross Championships at Invercargill's Sandy Point track at the weekend.