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Cooper Webb Exceeds His Expectations At 2023 AMA Supercross Championship Opener

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Cooper Webb (2) exceeded his top five expectations with a second place in the opening round of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship. Photo: Align Media.

Duel champion Cooper Webb charged to an impressive come-from-behind runner-up result aboard at the opening round of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship st Anaheim, California on Saturday night.

The 2019 and 2021 title-winner Webb set a solid foundation for the night show by starting his Heat race inside the top four. After losing a position on the second lap, Webb quickly struck back to retake the spot, then shadowed teammate Marvin Musquin. From there, 27-year-old Webb made his move a lap later and went on to finish his heat race in third.

When the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Webb found himself in 10th on the opening lap but made a number of quick passes to work his way into sixth before the halfway mark. As the track deteriorated, Webb came into his own, dropping his lap-times and making more crucial passes to work his way onto the podium, before executing a final-lap pass to claim a hard-fought, satisfying P2 result at the opening race of the new SuperMotocross World Championship.

“I’m stoked to start this season so well! Honestly, I was really hoping to get a top five, maybe a top three tonight,” Webb said. “I didn’t get a great start and I actually stalled the bike, and that put me back in the mid-pack. It’s tough because at the first round everyone’s feisty and excited, so it’s about being smart getting around guys and moving forward without wasting too much time. The track was very rough, but I found some good lines and I was able to start clicking off laps and making passes. A lot of riders made mistakes tonight and it worked out well for me.”

Photo of Cooper Webb at the 2023 AMA Supercross Opener
Cooper Webb was happy with the start to his 2023 campaign. Photo: Align Media

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