Dan Cooper sealed his place in the Aberdare Park Road Races history books today, securing the prestigious Welsh open title for the third time in four years.
Competing on his own teams 675 Daytona Triumph, the 2015 TT privateers champion, showcased his proven prowess around the park to hold off determined challenges from Ryan Dixon and Matthew Rees on the Tsingtao Racing MV Agusta.
Having shown true grit and determination at TT 2016, fighting through the pain barrier on his way to a more than creditable sixth in the lightweight race, this weekend’s Aberdare Park Road Races, marked his return to roads action.
Alongside his third Welsh open victory, he also sealed series of supersport wins, in what was another momentous weekend for Dan at Wales only pure road race meeting.
Next roads competition on the horizon for the rider who lapped close to the 127 mph mark around the Mountain Course, is the world’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix.
Set to pilot Triumph and BMW machinery in the supersport, superstock and superbike races, it’s the super twins race which in my opinion represents his best chance of a stand out result.
It would not surprise me and many others if Dan seals at a podium finish, plus don’t discount him from standing on the top step of the podium.
Words by Stevie Rial