WEBB IS NEW SUPERSTAR OF SUPERCROSS
Cooper Webb (KTM) confirmed his status as off-road racing’s new superstar, lifting the AMA Supercross FIM World Championship after a sensational 2019 season. Webb, who won his first amateur national championship at the age of six and was the AMA Youth Motocross Rider of the Year in 2010 before turning professional three years later, stepped up to the 450SX class in 2017, earning his first podium during an injury-hit rookie season.
With only one podium to show for his 2018 efforts and following an inauspicious start to 2019, which wielded a fifth and a tenth at Anaheim I and Glendale, few could have predicted the sheer dominance that was to follow. A first ever win at Anaheim II capped off an almost perfect triple crown weekend - which features three main events rather than a single main - as Webb won the first two mains and swept the podium with a third-place finish in the final.
Six more victories would follow as the twenty-three-year-old missed out on the podium on just four further occasions- Even though Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) started to threaten the North Carolinian in the closing rounds, Webb was able to manage his comfortable points lead. He eventually reached the final round in Las Vegas needing just a twentieth place finish to clinch the title, which he wrapped up with an eleventh podium finish from seventeen events.
Webb, whose father was a professional surfer and owns a surf shop in North Carolina, is the twenty-second winner in the history of AMA Supercross.
World title – 2019