Dan Cooper Ends TT 2011 With Fourth Bronze Replica

by Louis Suddaby

Dan Cooper ended a positive Isle of Man TT on a high after finishing 24th to claim his fourth bronze replica of the week, setting his fastest ever lap of the circuit on the way.

The Stroud rider was full of confidence after getting into the top 20 in Thursday's second Supersport race and put in a solid opening lap in the prestigious Senior TT to move up to 37th position.

Great pit work by the Centurion Racing crew saw him move up to 29th by half distance and the 24-year-old would gain a further five places before the finish, aided by a stunning final lap of 122.583mph.

Cooper was delighted to finish the event in such strong form and praised the team for helping him along the way in the most demanding of events.

“That was a really tough race especially the last two laps. I thought the tyre was spinning on the rim but it turned out the rear shock had gone so it made it a bit lively towards the end but I’m just delighted to get home. I passed a few riders in the early stages but then had a lonely ride for a couple of laps before passing a couple more towards the end on the run towards Ballagarey and to lap at 122.5mph at the end is simply brilliant. I wanted to do a 120mph plus lap this year so to finally do it is fantastic. I’ve had a brilliant week with the team and to finish every race and pick up four bronze replicas is testament to all the hard work we’ve put in.”

“It’s only my second year at the TT and I’ve loved every minute of it again. I’ve just gone at my own pace without rushing and it’s been pretty much been a mistake-free fortnight. I’m over the moon with the results so a big thanks to everyone in the team for all their hard work.”

Team owner Paul Rees was beaming at the end of a positive event for Centurion Racing and is already excited ahead of their return next year.

“The best word I can use to describe the fortnight is mega! I’ve been so impressed with Dan throughout and his professionalism and maturity is to be commended. The Senior race was always going to be tough but Dan just went at his own pace and he was rewarded once more with a great result, a great lap time and another bronze replica.”

“Both bikes have been practically faultless and that’s been down to all the mechanics in the team who have worked so hard each and every day. The main aim when we arrived here was to get Dan out and back safe in every race, we weren’t worried about anything else, but he’s a really smooth rider, aggressive when he wants to be, and he’s just improved each time he went out on to the circuit. We’ve had a great time here so I’d just like to thank everyone involved with the team and we’re already looking forward to TT2012.”

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