Fifteen-year-old motocross star Cooper Webb set the amateur ranks on fire in 2010, adding his 54th amateur title to his trophy case en route to scooping up the AMA Youth Motocrosser of the Year award - an honor only achieved by the most decorated amateurs in the biz.
For 2011, Webb rejoins the Red Bull JAMS team for the fourth consecutive year, but this time he’ll do so on the potent CRF250R as he looks to continue his amateur dominance on a “big bike” before officially turning pro in 2012.
Cooper Webb Quick Facts
- Born November 10, 1995
- Hails from Newport, North Carolina
- Began riding at the age of 4
- 2010 AMA Youth Motocrosser of the Year
- Graduating from a CRF150R to a CRF250R for 2011
- Backed by American Honda and Red Bull
We recently caught up with “Coop” at the Red Bull JAMS camp held at Chaney Ranch in Warner Springs, California to rap about the upcoming racing season.
Cooper Webb Q&A
How was your day out here at Chaney Ranch with the Red Bull JAMS crew?
Oh, man… It was so awesome! This place is insane. All the JAMS riders were out here with the Red Bull rig, and we started riding early this morning. David Pingree and Grant Langston came out to give us some feedback and riding tips, so that was really cool, too. The track was hands-down one of the best I’ve ever ridden, and we had it all to ourselves for the entire day! Can’t complain about that.
The JAMS program is something that is very unique and special to amateur motocross. How long have you been a part of the team?
I’ve been a part of the program since I was 11 years old, which was the first year JAMS started. It’s pretty crazy to think that I’m the youngest rider on the team, but I’m the veteran at the same time [laughs].
Do you think being a part of a program like this may help your career in the long run?
For sure. The program has already given so much to me over my amateur career, and it’s still giving to me. This week is a great example. Having a week-long training camp really helps all of us progress, and not just with our riding, but just the simple fact that we’re surrounded by such awesome support. It’s really good for confidence. It’s hard to put into words how much the program really means to me, but I can definitely tell you that it’s an honor to be on such a prestigious team.
How do you plan to put an exclamation point on your already-successful amateur career? Any big plans this year?
As of right now, I just plan on hitting all of the amateur nationals that I normally race. That’s really what I’m focused on. I would really like to add more wins to my resume, but at the same time, I also really love riding at events like today’s to keep things fun and mellow. I think it’s really important to have a balance to your riding. Racing and winning is important to me, but so is having fun.
Are there any stones left unturned before you make the big jump in 2012?
Honestly, my biggest goal for the year is just to win as many races as I can. I know that I can win this year. It’s going to be tough in the new class, but I’ve been working really hard putting in the laps and training, so now it’s just time to go racing and see what happens. My program is completely dialed in right now, though, so no excuses... I want a championship on the big bike.
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