News 23 Feb 2017

Webb plans return to racing 'as soon as possible'

Yamaha rookie recovering from Minneapolis shoulder injury.

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Cooper Webb has been sidelined indefinitely following a heat race crash at Minneapolis’ round seven of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Falling heavily on the shoulder region, the two-time West Coast 250SX champion and premier class rookie was forced out of the night show and made his way immediately to California for further evaluation.

“I was leaned over in the turn heading into the first rhythm section when I spun the rear wheel and I wasn’t able to get through that section the way I wanted to,” said Webb. “Unfortunately another rider’s rear wheel basically landed on the left side of my handlebars and I went down.

“I flew to California and I had an MRI and it showed deep bruising. We were concerned that there was a fracture to the scapula, so it was great news that the MRI revealed just a bruise. The plan right now is to work with Dr. G [Rey Gubernick] all week and then get back on my bike as soon as possible and see how I feel.”

Confirming that no serious damage was sustained in the incident, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha rider will continue his rehab process as the series heads to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the final time this weekend.

“It’s the closest supercross event to my home in North Carolina, and I was looking forward to seeing my family and friends and of course meet all the awesome fans in Atlanta,” Webb added. I was really looking forward to getting a great result at the final supercross in the Georgia Dome, but I’m working hard this week to rehab from the injury and return to racing as soon as possible.”

Webb currently sits eighth overall in the 450SX points standings with one podium finish to his name at Oakland’s fifth round.