Photo of the Day | Nov 17th 2015

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Cooper Webb was on a mission in Sunday night’s main event at the Lille SX in France. A so-so start put the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider in the middle of the pack in the early laps of the 18-lap feature, but his consistently quick laps helped him rise up the ranks and even close on leader Christophe Pourcel. Webb had the French hero in sight and looked poised to make a pass for the position until a simple mistake on a technical dragonback to tabletop section slammed the young rider into another jump.

With the race win clearly out of reach, it would have been completely understandable if Webb had pulled off and headed back into the pit area. But instead, he remounted the mangled motorcycle and chased after all of the riders that happened to get by while he was on the ground. A last push through the final laps helped him finish the night in fifth place and third overall for the entire event. Third at a race of this level is a major accomplishment, but Webb’s desire for the win made any sort of celebration unacceptable. After the race, he stared straight ahead at nothing in particular, thinking of the victory that had gotten away.

We have to think this year won’t be Webb’s only chance at a win in Lille and can’t wait to see what happens when the race is held next November.

Camera | Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens | Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Shutter Speed | 1/640
Aperture | 3.5
ISO | 2000

Photo of the Day | Nov 17th 2015 phone