Kiwi veteran Cooper confirmed as Empire Kawasaki fill-in


Information 24 Feb 2023


Kiwi veteran Cooper confirmed as Empire Kawasaki fill-in

Skilled New Zealander again to MX2 class rather than Constantinou.

Picture: Foremost Media.

New Zealander Cody Cooper will contest the opening spherical of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship at Wonthaggi on 5 March within the MX2 class, changing injured Empire Kawasaki workforce common Jai Constantinou.

Cooper, 39, has opted to race each MX1 and MX2 within the NZ nationwide championship this yr, sweeping the opening spherical on the KX250 with a 1-1 scorecard, earlier than logging a decent 3-3 on the 450 to take third general.

“I used to be initially excited about coming and racing Wonthaggi on a 450,” multi-time New Zealand champion Cooper advised MotoOnline. “However since there’s a lot depth in MX1 in Australia and I’m racing the 250 again at dwelling, I believed perhaps I’ll simply race MX2.

“I don’t must take as a lot stuff over then as a result of my 250 I race at house is shut to straightforward, however my 450 has a lot stuff I’d must bolt on. Then the choice to fill-in for Jai in MX2 got here up, so I believed that’d be quite a bit simpler than carting all my stuff over.

“At this level we’re simply taking it race by race and we’ll assess after Wonthaggi – that manner it’s truthful on the workforce and truthful on me, as a result of if I carry out it’s good for them and if I don’t carry out, it’s nonetheless good for them as a result of then they’re not caught with me [laughs].

“I’m fairly simple with no matter occurs going ahead… I’m quite a bit fitter this yr although, so I’d like to race the MX2 championship if it’s the fitting match with the workforce. We’ll see what occurs I suppose, it’s only a little bit of enjoyable and, you realize, I simply need to do that type of stuff earlier than I can’t anymore.”

Cooper was a mainstay in Australian motocross by means of a lot of his profession previous to returning dwelling to New Zealand. His most up-to-date ProMX look got here at Coolum final yr in a one-off journey, ending eleventh within the opening moto on that event.

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