Cooper Webb seems to have found “the zone” when it comes to the 450 Supercross series. When looking back at his entry into the series, he was really good, but really cocky. He always had that smug smile and a comment to ensure the competition would be angry and the fans would be talking until the next race. These days he really
doesn’t use trash talking, he is letting his riding and results do the talking. He seems happy and his interviews definitely show that now-a-days.
So, what’s changed? Everything and nothing. He has a new team, new trainer and new mechanic. He’s aged a little and seems to heed the advice given by everyone who gives it within the Red Bull Factory KTM team. He uses his energy on the track to make results happen rather than settle scores on the track. He is less about showing people up and more about showing up. His efforts have not gone unnoticed. He has grown enormously in the past few months alone. His attitude on and off the track seem to have been totally transformed, he has grown-up before our eyes.
Then there is his physical conditioning. He has lost 15 pounds since joining the team and appears to be in the best shape of his professional career. He is as lean as Ryan Dungey was/is and that has definitely benefited him in the results department. Aldon Baker has done his part to create the new and improved Cooper Webb that we see today.
As for the ability to win, well that is the one thing that has not changed with Cooper Webb. He is a proven winner. He has three championships to his name, two AMA 250SX West (2014 & 2015) titles and one 250 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross (2015) championship, and is currently the points leader in the 2019, 450 Supercross standings.
During the past three years, he suffered through a dry spell in both Supercross and Motocross and that may be a part of what has led him to the results we are seeing this year. He is a little older, a little wiser and possibly a little better guided these days and so the “Webb Wagon” is dusting a trail behind the young man who holds the red plate. Jump on if you can catch it and let’s see where the it takes us come May 4th!