The great win scored last weekend at Oakland has made Cooper Webb not only the new AMA Supercross championship leader, but also the new “poster man” of the championship. The guy from Newport has lived a surprising start of the season, as he now leads the championship standings with two wins in his name.
The sometimes irreverent #2 KTM rider doesn’t hide from his opponents, especially now that he can look at them from the top. One more boost for his motivation is the rivalry between him and Ken Roczen, that stimulates him to ride at his best and even take some risks.
HOW LONG WILL THE MOMENTUM LAST? – Many factors can affect a rider’s performance during an AMA Supercross season and this makes very hard to predict how long someone can remain in front of the rest. What’s certain is that Cooper Webb has scored two wins in the last 15 days, which are the “Triple Crown” one grabbed at Anaheim 2 round and the “regular” one achieved in Oakland.
HAS WEBB WASTED AN OPPORTUNITY AT THE SEASON OPENER – You may find it strange, but Webb could have even scored three wins out of four Main Event races, if he hadn’t made a mistake at the first round of the season. Back then, the KTM rider fell at the first corner, few moments after the race start, and then he performed a great comeback from 22nd to 5th place. Despite having to overtake many riders, his pace was even faster than the one kept by the Top 3 and this makes us wonder whether he would have won, without the crash he had at the beginning.
MUSQUIN – Well, for sure nobody expected Webb to be so fast and someone that surely dislikes this is Marvin Musquin. The Frenchman has become the new reference KTM rider after Ryan Dungey‘s “farewell” and, definitely, he would have never imagined that his team-mate could be that strong. In any case, Musquin will try to pass Webb already this weekend, as a new 2019 AMA Supercross Round is to take place in San Diego.
Translated by Alessandro Palma