Team Suzuki Press Office – July 30.

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.

After opening his account at Appin with a victory in the opening moto, Waters maintained consistency with a pair of fourth places to complete the weekend, earning his seventh podium of the season. The 21 year old rode the fuel-injected RM-Z450 to the runner-up place overall and now sits 12 points adrift of the series lead with just two rounds remaining.

Said Waters: “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. 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, but 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 coming up.”

Motul Pirelli Suzuki team-mate Cody Cooper also picked up a dominant moto win at Appin, 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.

Said Cooper: “Again it was a mixed bag for me. 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 motos.”

The Australian Motocross Championship will now take a two-week break before reaching the penultimate round at Moree in New South Wales on Sunday August 19th.

MX1 Overall Results:

1. Josh Coppins 65
2. Todd Waters (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 61
3. Jake Moss 56
4. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 52
5. Daniel Reardon 51
6. Lawson Bopping 45
7. Dean Porter (Suzuki) 40
8. Billy Mackenzie 38
9. Jay Marmont 34
10. Brad Anderson 32

MX1 Championship Standings (after 8 of 10 rounds):

1. Josh Coppins 480
2. Todd Waters (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 468
3. Lawson Bopping 420
4. Brad Anderson 412
5. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 388
6. Jake Moss 311
7. Jay Marmont 288
8. Daniel Reardon 278
9. Dean Porter (Suzuki) 257
10. Daniel McCoy (Hart & Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki) 249

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