Since then, the best Dutch road racer has been: Hans Koopmann

Hans Koopmann – Season 1992 | Photo © Ad Kievit

Dutch road racing champion last year, where did he go, what he does today and how he views the current road racing sport. Every week we bring you the best Dutch road races from last year in the ‘Best Dutch road races since’ section and ask them all a series of (same) questions. This week: Hans Koopmann.

Who is Hans Koopmann?

  • Noun: Hans Koopmann
  • Nickname: jelly
  • Boy: April 28, 1959
  • residence: Hino
  • partner: I
  • Start a road racing career: 1980
  • Active in: 50 cc, 80 cc, 125 cc, 250 cc
  • Number of titles: 1 Dutch Champion 125 cc
  • The end of the road racing career: 1999
  • current occupation: number
  • Facebook social network: Hans Koopmann
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How did you deal with road racing back then?

The first time I went to the Dutch TT in Assen with my parents, it was in 1965.

Who is the driver that you had the best fights with on the track?

There’s a lot to mention, but the quarrels with Burt Smit, Jerry Jeffers, Stefan Corvis, Ralph Waldman and Ernie Sala stayed with me the most.

Best motorcycle I’ve ever ridden and why?

The Ziegler 80cc is home built and the RS125cc Honda.

What is your favorite track that you rode and why?

My most favorite tracks are: Hungaroring, Spa Francorchamps and Jarama.

What’s the weirdest and funniest thing you’ve seen in a race?

Too many to list them all, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most was that Wim de Jong once got to the TT Circuit Assen and then found out he had forgotten his bike.

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What is the best thing you learned from racing?

Many friendships, I still have daily contact with many former drivers.

What did you do after your active road racing career?

My son Dennis will drive my motorsport.

Do you still exercise in any way?

No, actually not anymore. I’m still watching MotoGP etc.

Which current driver do you respect the most and why?

Bertje Smit and Aalt Toersen, that’s because they are still very active in the racing world and are still getting around very fast, despite their age.

Who do you see as the greatest (currently active) road racing talent in the Netherlands and why?

It’s hard to say, I follow the Dutch youth too little to be able to judge. However, a number of drivers have a good chance. I hope they take advantage of that too.

How do you view the current races, both nationally and internationally, from your experience?

The racing was a little easier, then you can drive eight Saturdays in Assen at Motorclub Assen and that will cost you 50 guilders a year. At present I have spent around 240€ for one day of training, just for registration. The costs of registering for the competitions did not exist at the time, you even received an entry fee. Internationally, it’s very difficult to get to the top, and I’m only talking about the budget part. What I really love about Dorna is that they have recently raised the age limit in a few race classes.

Wednesday 01-12-2022: Dutch road racing champion at the time: Leon van der Heyden.

Do you have a suggestion on the “best road racing since” that you think would fit right in for this category (ex-Dutch champion, Grand Prix – or WorldSBK driver or Dutch TT race participant, for example). Let us know at [email protected] In this email, please include the driver’s name and contact details where and how we can access this “road racing from behind at the time”.

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