Meet Cooper Webb
21 – year old Cooper Webb hails from Morehead City, NC where he grew up riding and surfing. Cooper’s dad, Robert raced motocross during the seventies before pursuing a career in professional surfing. When Cooper was four Robert felt the urge to buy another dirt bike and ride for fun. By this time Robert and Trent, Cooper’s mother owned a surf shop that happened to have a practice track close by. Every time Robert would ride Cooper begged to be ridden around the track. It wasn’t long before Cooper was asking for a motorcycle. Robert was concerned that Cooper might be too young, but Cooper was persistent. One day Robert told Cooper who had not yet removed the training wheels from his bicycle that if he learned to ride the bicycle without training wheels he would get a motorcycle. The next day while at work Trent called Robert and said he would not believe his eyes when he came home. Robert arrived home to Cooper riding his bicycle over a small ramp and turning figure eights, without training wheels. Robert rewarded Cooper with a brand-new Yamaha PW50, the year was 2000.
In 2002 young Cooper won his first amateur national championship on a Yamaha PW50 at age six. The family began traveling the country racing the major amateur events, and it wasn’t long before Cooper was one of the most dominant amateur racers in America. Robert and Trent made every effort to keep Cooper’s environment as “normal” as possible, electing to have him attend school rather than home schooling, the choice of many parents of top pro prospects. Cooper was fortunate to have caught the eye of Star Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Regan who was looking for championship caliber riders to develop for his factory backed professional team. Cooper signed a three-year deal with Regan and Yamaha, the first year as an amateur with two additional years as a professional. Cooper and Star Racing Yamaha experienced phenomenal success together as Cooper closed out his storied amateur career with 23 championships in just over one year, and 104 career amateur titles. Regan and Yamaha extended Cooper’s contract through 2016.
The next chapter in Cooper’s racing career began on May 18th 2013 in Sacramento, CA when he lined up on the gate at the opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series against the best riders in the country, arguably the world. The dirt behind that gate was the place Cooper had dreamed of being since he spent a day learning to ride his bicycle without training wheels, 13 years before. He earned an impressive fifth place out of 40 in that first moto as a professional and went on to earn ninth for the series as a rookie.
In 2014 Cooper earned Rookie of the Year in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and then went on to win his first motocross overall victory at the closest track to his hometown in Blountville, TN. 2015 was a breakout year for Cooper, he won the 250SX Western Regional Supercross title, and would have contended for the 250 Class motocross championship if not for an ankle injury that sidelined him for the first several rounds. He turned heads at the 2015 MXGP held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA where he finished third on the overall podium on a 450cc machine against the best riders from the world over. He was honored to represent Team USA at the 2015 Motocross of Nations where he and his two American teammates finished second overall, Cooper was again on the bigger 450cc bike there as well.
In 2016 Cooper showed his resiliency and determination when he raced to win the 2016 250SX Western Regional Supercross title for the second time, with a broken navicular bone in his wrist. A bizarre downpour prior to the race in Las Vegas made the feat even more unlikely, but Cooper delivered the title in worst of conditions. Riding with a brace to protect the injured wrist, Cooper set out to win his first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross title, which he accomplished with one round still remaining in the series. The MXGP world championship series made its first stop in Cooper’s home state of North Carolina, and Cooper took the overall win in the MX2 Class. He was again asked to represent Team USA at the Motocross of Nations on a 450cc machine and the team finished third on the overall podium. RacerX Magazine named Cooper the 2016 Rider of the Year.
The final chapter of this incredible story begins on January 7th, 2017. Cooper has joined the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Team and will race the premier 450cc classes in both Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross. In addition, he was awarded a permanent number by the AMA, he chose two, a number rich in history as icons Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Villopoto, both legends in the sport were the previous owners of the number. Villopoto, the most recent multi-time champion to display the number gave Cooper his blessing to take over where he left off. The ultimate realization of a long held dream for Cooper and his parents will come true when Cooper is awarded his first premier class championship, joining the ranks of the iconic riders before him who have established the number two as elite in the sport.
Cooper Webb 450 SX Testing
Watch Cooper Webb putting in laps getting ready for his first Supercross season on top of the 450SX .