Team Suzuki Press Office – July 16.
Motul Pirelli Suzuki team mates Todd Waters and Cody Cooper claimed a memorable 1-2 finish in Horsham’s seventh round of the MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship on Sunday aboard the fuel-injected RM-Z450.
Waters continues to close in on the premier MX1 series lead with his second round win of the season and is now just eight points behind former world championship runner-up Josh Coppins.
The 21-year-old from Cairns was in impeccable form at Horsham, winning the opening moto in dominant fashion. He charged through the field to third in moto two despite the muddy conditions and concluded the round with second in the final moto following an enthralling head-to-head battle with Coppins.
Waters’ result was another sign of his talent in what has been a breakthrough year since joining Motul Pirelli Suzuki and he’s enjoying every minute of it in a bid to claim his maiden professional national title.
Said Waters: “I was a little bit disappointed Josh came past in that final moto, but I’ve got to hand it to him. I couldn’t quite hold him off, but anyway that’s how it goes and the track was tough. To come away from today on top of the podium shows the work is starting to pay off, so I’m just stoked it’s been a great day for Motul Pirelli Suzuki.”
Kiwi team mate Cooper put in his best performance of the season to back Waters up on the podium, tying for the victory on points, but missing out on the overall due to Waters’ higher finish in the closing moto. Cooper found consistency in his efforts with a trio of strong results, the highlight being a convincing win in the second moto. Cooper also claimed second in moto one and concluded the round with a third in the final moto. He now sits fifth in the title hunt with three rounds remaining.
“It was a good day for the team and the track was awesome, but definitely tough,” Said Cooper. “I really need to thank Motul Pirelli Suzuki and all of our supporters for sticking by me, because this is the result that we’ve been working towards. It feels good, so hopefully we can continue with these results in the final rounds.”
The MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, will resume at Appin in New South Wales on July 29th.
MX1 Overall Results:
1. Todd Waters (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 67
2. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 67
3. Josh Coppins 63
4. Brad Anderson 53
5. Lawson Bopping 48
6. Jay Marmont 47
7. Jake Moss 45
8. Daniel McCoy (Hart & Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki) 38
9. Dean Porter 32
10. Daniel Reardon 31
MX1 Championship Standings (after 7 of 10 rounds):
1. Josh Coppins 415
2. Todd Waters (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 407
3. Brad Anderson 380
4. Lawson Copping 375
5. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 336
6. Jake Moss 255
7. Jay Marmont 254
8. Tye Simmonds 234
9. Daniel Reardon 227
10. Daniel McCoy (Hart & Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki) 227