COOPER BACK IN THE GAME AT TOOWOOMBA MX


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Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki star Cody Cooper continued his climb to the sharp end of the Australian National Motocross Championship with a polished display at Toowoomba in Queensland at the weekend.

After struggling early in the season with the dry, hard-pack Australian surfaces, Cooper showed why he is regarded as one of the fastest riders in the country: After qualifying fifth fastest, Cooper was quickly on the pace aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 in the first of the three Pro Open motos, and fought an epic battle with Tye Simmonds and Dean Ferris, being pipped for a podium finish on the final lap.

In the second moto, Cooper grabbed the holeshot and was involved in an absorbing battle with an in-form Billy Mackenzie on the Scot’s home circuit. Cooper notched the fastest lap time for the race and proved he is back on top of his game.

Another fifth in the final moto secured his best points haul for the season and fourth position for the round. He is now seventh overall, but has improved his points haul in every round and is looking forward to the next round at Raymond Terrace, NSW.

After qualifying well, Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki Pro Lites young gun Lawson Bopping endured a difficult round. Bopping was on top of his game at the last round in Canberra, but finished this round in 11th position.

His 30 points saw him drop to sixth overall in the Pro Lites championship; however the team is confident he can reclaim the 2009 form that saw him the heir apparent to Matt Moss’s Pro Lites crown.

Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki Team Manager Jay Foreman was philosophical about the day’s results.

“Lawson finished last year in fantastic form, getting stronger and stronger with each round and we know he’s good enough to do the same this year.

“Cody gets better and better each round as he gets more familiar with the bike and the different Australian tracks.

“We have the equipment, we have the riders; and we look forward to Suzuki pushing its way to the top of the table again in both championships.”

2010 Australian Motocross Championship Results:

Pro Open:
1 Bill Mackenzie 65
2 Tye Simmonds 56
3 Jay Marmont 54
4 Cody Cooper (Suzuki RM-Z450) 54
5 Cheyne Boyd 53

Pro Open Championship Standings (after four rounds):
1 Jay Marmont 190
2 Tye Simmonds 186
3 Todd Waters 171
4 Dean Ferris 167
5 Bill Mackenzie 157
7 Cody Cooper (Suzuki RM-Z450) 138

Pro Lites:
1 PJ Larsen 72
2 Cody Mackie 51
3 Ford Dale 49
4 Ryan Marmont 45
5 Luke George 43
11 Lawson Bopping (Suzuki RM-Z250) 30

Pro Lites Championship Standings (after four rounds):
1 PJ Larsen 207
2 Kirk Gibbs 183
3 Cody Mackie 164
4 Ryan Marmont 163
5 Ford Dale 149
6 Lawson Bopping (Suzuki RM-Z250) 139

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