New Zealand picked for Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations

The New Zealand team for the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations has been selected and leading the team will be Grand Prix veteran Josh Coppins, with support from 2004 World MX2 Champion Ben Townley and young rookie Brad Groombridge.

The Kiwi’s have finished on the podium a few times in the last 10 years and they head to Lakewood in Colorado, America, on September 26 with high hopes of continuing their solid results.

Obviously, the New Zealanders had to pick a slightly younger MX2 rider due to the age limit set for the MX2 class. Coppins is excited at the chance to race possibly his last ever Motocross of Nations having made his debut way back in the early 1990’s, nearly 20 years ago.

“Obviously it’s nice to be picked and I think we have a good team”, Coppins said. “We have a bit of a problem because of the age rule, guys like Cody Cooper or Daryl Hurley are too old for the MX2 class, but in saying that Brad is a good choice, he has raced in Australia and I think also America and is showing the most promise from the younger guys.”

Coppins knows that many younger riders will be fighting for the final spot on many teams with the MX2 class a showcase of the talent in the sport.

“A couple of years ago countries like Germany and Holland didn’t have riders like Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings, and New Zealand as a country is a little behind and we need to bring on more younger riders. I think many countries will have to work hard now to find a younger rider for the MX2 class, Italy for instance can’t pick a rider like Davide Guarneri as their MX2 rider because he is too old, but it will make it interesting.”

For Coppins the Motocross of Nations will be a special moment and with the event run in America he is expecting it to be a tough race as his country try and get onto the podium once again.

“I think the Aprilia will work well around that circuit, it’s got enough power and we just need to work on some things. The elevation change in Colorado shouldn’t be a problem for us.”

Townley, who is in good form at the moment, will be the stronghold of the New Zealand team as he fights to bring his team onto the podium in the biggest Motocross event of the year. Townley hasn’t always had luck at this race, crashing out in his last effort in 2007 at the Budds Creek circuit in America, which was also the last time the event was run in America.

Groombridge will ride in the MX2 as he fit under the new FIM rule which allows the MX2 rider to be under 23 years of age.

New Zealand currently has several riders eligible for selection in this class, however working from a rider ranking system developed by the MNZ Motocross Commission, Groombridge was the one selected. His consistent results at National level, his versatility, combined with his age, were all deciding factors

(SOURCE) Red Bull Motocross of Nations.com
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