Cooper Webb | Back At It
For the most part, Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb has been a force to be reckoned with in the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Minus the first round in Anaheim, California, Webb has absolutely dominated the West Coast, for the most part, with the greatest of ease. A crash during practice at Petco Park in San Diego, California, looked to be disastrous for the young rider, but Webb was able to fight through the pain of an AC separation in his right shoulder, and take the win. The injury couldn’t have come at a better time as the series moved east, and that gave him the time to rest and heal from his injuries. We caught up with Webb out at Glen Helen Raceway as he began his outdoor testing with the rest of his West Coast teammates.
Well Cooper, you’ve been having one hell of a season on the West Coast; you have to be pretty pumped on that.
Man, I’ve been feeling great! The whole West Coast series has been going awesome for me—besides Anaheim One where I got a seventh place finish, I’ve had four first place finishes and one second. I had a pretty bad crash in San Diego but I was able to bounce back from that and take the win, but it has put me back a few weeks for outdoor testing. I can’t complain though because I have the red plate, a pretty big points lead with only two races left, so right now it’s crunch time.
Has it been a huge confidence booster being up top every weekend?
I think it has, for sure. I was pretty confident coming into the season, that’s why I was pretty disappointed after Anaheim One. I knew my training and riding was right where it needed to be, but I just ran into some kind of bad luck. So I started working on my starts, and that has made my life a whole lot easier. Yeah, everything is great! The whole Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha team is working hard, and we’re just putting in the work. So, we’re just going out there and letting the results speak.
What exactly happened after the crash in San Diego? What did you hurt?
After the crash, I hurt my right shoulder—I don’t know if it was from the impact, or something. It hurt pretty badly. So, I went to the doctor and they said I had a slight AC separation, as well as a hematoma on my shoulder. The doctor told me that I needed to rest, and I didn’t do much in the three weeks. I’ve been doing some cycling here and there, and now we’re good to go to start doing a little bit of riding.
What do you think about the East Coast competition?
The East Coast guys are going fast! Obviously [Marvin] Musquin is really good right now and Jeremy [Martin] has one a race—I was battling him last year in the outdoors, and it’s cool to see him doing well in Supercross. It’s hard to say what coast is better, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Las Vegas.
Are you excited for the outdoors? Are you feeling the same sort of excitement as you did coming into Supercross?
Yeah, I’m really excited. Obviously, I was to focus on Supercross right now and hopefully wrap that up. I’m ready for the outdoors, though. Honestly, I think I have more confidence going into the outdoors and battle with my teammate. I think the outdoors shows how big of a man you are, and we’re trying to be that big boy.