With the TransWorld Motocross SLAM Festival Powered by Rock just days away (October 12th, Lake Elsinore), we are feverishly locking in racers for the day’s crowning event, the head-to-head pro race. The knockout, sprint-style motos pit the competition in an intense and unique situation, and a surprising amount of action can take place in just a few laps. We’re proud to say that MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing/ Yamaha’s Cooper Webb is the latest name added to the list and the speedy rookie is ready for a shot at the 5,000-dollar purse, SLAM belt, and a the cover of our December issue. We called up Cooper to see what he thinks of the race and how he feels on the all-new YZF line.
“I’m excited for the SLAM race! I’ve obviously never done it, but I have seen and heard about it and I think it is a cool event. It is not your normal oudoor National or Supercross race, and it’s a different format that makes it interesting. It opens up the racing and with good money up for grabs and a cover, there will be some good times and some good racing.”
“To get two covers in a year would be unreal. I don’t know what I’d do, but it would be super-sick. Maybe this time, since our first cover was shot during practice at Muddy Creek, we could set something up that is cool.”
“I’m not sure what my plans are for right now after SLAM. There is talk of doing Monster Cup, but I doubt that I am going to do it because I have only put two weeks on the 450 and that is the most that I have ever ridden it. I never raced it as an amateur and I’ve only ridden one here and there. The option is there if I want to do it, and there is some talk of maybe doing Bercy., but I am not sure of that either. I just want to take it step by step and have a good offseason.”
“I don’t know if I am racing West or East yet, but either way I will be ready for either. I am looking forward to Supercross. Honestly I could care less what coast I race. Growing up on the East Coast, I was always able to go to those rounds and if it was totally 100-percent up to me, I’d maybe choose East just because I grew up doing and not because the of tracks or whatever. The tracks are not going to be the same as the West, but there will not be a big or spectacular difference because I feel like the East Coast has gotten more hardpacked. I have always gone to Atlanta and it used to be really rutted and super tacky, but the past couple of years have been hardpacked. I will get ready for the West just in case, but I have to be racing fast guys either way.”
“The new Yamahas, the 250 and 450, are basically the same bike with the same chassis, and they are unreal. I’ve ridden both of them stock and ridden the 450 a little more, but I can already tell the 250 with a little work is going to be better than last year. And I thought last year was really good. It is the best bike that I have ever ridden. Your initial feel on the bike is one of those things when you instantly have a flow with. I love the new YZs.”