We’ve received an update on Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider Justin Cooper following his practice crash at the 2018 Houston Supercross. During the final Timed Qualifying session, the Supercross rookie racer went down in one of the technical whoop sections and was on the ground long enough to require a red flag to halt the entire practice. After a long time on the ground and then trackside with the Alpinestars Mobile Medical staff, Cooper was able to stand up on his own and left the track on the back of the medic cart.
We ventured to the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing pit area shortly after the crash and learned that Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Although not much was clear to the team on Saturday night, they were able to give us a complete rundown of Cooper’s injuries on Wednesday afternoon.
Cooper sustained a concussion, nine broken ribs, and three fractured transverse processes (the extensions on the side of a vertebra that muscles and ligaments attach to), as well as a shoulder injury that will require a further evaluation. The team is expected a four to six week recovery time, which would allow Cooper to get back on the bike during the break in action for the 250 West Coast division of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.
Cooper lined up for his first professional Supercross race at the 2018 Anaheim One Supercross and finished ninth in the 250 Main Event.
Cooper has also released an update of his own via Instagram, which is posted below…
P4 in first qualifying sesssion, 2nd session i suffered a concussion, broke 9 ribs (T2-T10) and broke 3 transverse processes also. Bummer because i was really enjoying the track and piecing it together quite nicely. Just a simple small mistake that turned disastrous. Good news is I'm doing great and will be back soon💪🏻 Quite surprised with how good I'm moving around 😅 PC: @spencerowens_