Kopp Responds

| March 25, 2002
Former AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp told Cycle News that while he may no longer be with the Corbin Racing team, he still plans to challenge for the Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships crown full throttle.

“The whole situation was between Dave Burks and me and not Mike Corbin and me,” Kopp said. “I really want to thank Mike Corbin for everything that he did for me. We had a great couple years together, and we won the championship together. I was looking forward to continuing on with Corbin, but that just couldn’t be worked out the way we all wanted it to be.”

As for the rest of the season, Kopp says that his biggest concern is finding a new name to put on his leathers.

“Darrell Jones of Jones Powersports and Steve Howard are the two guys who are backing me,” Kopp said. “I’m riding the same equipment that I started the year with. I plan to go and run for the championship.

Kopp said that he also will retain his factory-backed KTM 505cc deal through the transition.

As a footnote to this story, Kopp reported that Burks Motorsports mechanic Dennis Town has also left the team for reasons unrelated to Kopp’s departure.


By Scott Rousseau