RED BULL KTM KODY KOPP CROWNED 2022 ROUND 15 SINGLE CHAMPION

Round 15 – American Flat Track Championship

NEW RICHMOND, WI Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Kopp wrapped up the 2022 American Flat Track Singles Championship — his first and second for the team — with two rounds remaining in the series. With the title on the horizon, the 17-year-old Cope ran the race like a champion, knowing that fourth place at the Cedar Lake short track was as good as gold. His teammate Max Weil finished the night seventh overall in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Chris Fillmore, Team Leader: “We are very happy to complete our first championship. I am very proud of Cody, the team members and everyone who helped out throughout the year. There are many people to thank for making this all possible, and it would not have been possible without everyone’s input. Going into the last two rounds with the number one seed is a huge weight off our shoulders and I look forward to this team coming together next year and building on the momentum from this season.”

Qualifying second, Kopp started from pole position in Semi 2. He immediately took the lead. Right after the half, he dropped one position. Kopp was able to quickly regain the lead and took the win on his KTM 450 SX-F after leading all but one lap. Kopp also won the Dash for Cash, leading all four laps. With the opportunity to wrap up the championship early, Kopp knew his performance in the AFT Singles Main Event had to be strong. Starting from the front row, he initially took third place. He then dropped to fourth where he struggled for the remainder of the race, except for one lap where he was fifth. His fourth-place finish was enough to see him capture his first-ever AFT singles championship with two rounds remaining.

Cody Cope (right) with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Principal Chris Fillmore (left) on the podium at Cedar Lake Short Track. Photo courtesy of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

Cody Kopp: “We won our first championship today, it’s surreal! I finished fourth in the race, I didn’t know if it was enough with Trevor Brunner’s car right in front of me. We qualified second, won the semi-finals, won the sweep and sat very well in the Main Event. Fourth is not where we wanted to be today – I guess the nerves got to me – but fourth is what it took. We’ve had a good enough season so far to end it two rounds early, which is honestly just a dream come true.”

In Semi 1, Vale started from the second row of the grid due to qualifying 15th. He started fifth on his KTM 450 SX-F, where he held on for most of the race before moving up to fourth with one lap to go. After starting from the second row in the AFT Singles main event, Whale finished sixth over the next 21 laps. With a few laps to go, he dropped to seventh place, where he finished.

Max Weil (18) at Cedar Lake Short Track.  Photo courtesy of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
Max Weil (18) at Cedar Lake Short Track. Photo courtesy of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

Max Keith: “It’s definitely been a year of ups and downs. With two rounds to go, I just want to finish strong. Today started with probably one of the worst qualifiers of the year, but with each session on the track we improved a little bit, but just a little bit short of the Main Event. I had a few issues that hindered me a bit and then cost me money.”

Next Race: Volusia Half-Mile (Double Header) – Barberville, FL – October 14-15, 2022

Round 15 Results – Cedar Lake Short Track

AFT Singles Main Event

1. Chad Coase, Honda

2. Trent Lowe, Honda

3. Trevor Brunner, Yamaha

4. Cody Kopp, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

OTHERS

7. Max Weil, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

9. James Ott, KTM

12. Hunter Bauer, KTM

AFT Singles Standings (After Round 15)

1. Cody Kopp, 273 points

2. Trevor Brunner, 222

3. Morgen Mishler, 221

OTHERS

5. Max Weil, 206

8. James Ott, 111

10. Hunter Bauer, 91

14. Travis Petton IV, 65

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