FLASHBACK FRIDAY: VALIANT EFFORTS DON’T ALWAYS HAVE FAIRY TALE ENDINGS
In 2007, Josh Coppins was hand-picked to fill the big shoes left by 10-time champion Stefan Everts at Team Yamaha. The New Zealander started the season like gangbusters, and in the first 10 GPs made the podium at every event and won five GPs outright. Coppins went into round 11 with an almost unbeatable 107-point lead with five races left. Unfortunately, a crash damaged Coppins’ left shoulder. He tried to ride injured but lost the 450 GP title to Steven Ramon—even though Ramon didn’t win a single GP in 2007.