Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing and Cooper Webb have signed a multi-year agreement to compete in the premier class of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Pro Motocross, and SuperMotocross World Championship.
Webb joins forces with Eli Tomac and Justin Cooper in the 450 class, forming a formidable trio for the upcoming season. Webb’s highly anticipated reunion with the team kicks off this weekend at the inaugural SMX World Championship Playoff 1 event, taking place at the zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
“I’m super excited to be racing for the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team again. It feels like a family reunion. It’s all the people that I started my career with, and I can’t wait to go racing with them again,” Webb enthused.
“Racing in Charlotte for me is a dream come true. It’s my home race. The last time we raced there, I had probably my best race ever. I’m really looking forward to getting back to the gate with this team and this bike and starting off my new chapter well.”
Webb initiated his professional career with the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team back in 2013. Together, they achieved an impressive series of victories in the 250 class, securing consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championships in 2015 and 2016, along with the 2016 Pro Motocross 250MX title.
Webb subsequently transitioned to the 450 class, where he became a serious title contender, earning two Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX titles (in 2019 and 2021) and notching up 21 victories in the class to date. As a North Carolina native, Webb is eagerly looking forward to his return to the team where he launched his career and debuting aboard the all-new YZ450F during this exciting new era for the sport with the SMX World Championship Finals.
Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS, expressed his excitement about Cooper Webb’s return to the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team, highlighting their strong three-rider lineup for the upcoming 2024 season and Cooper’s proven ability as a title contender. Webb’s homecoming marks a promising future for the team.
“We’re excited to announce Cooper Webb’s return to the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team,” Roach said. “We’re also really excited for the upcoming 2024 season with a strong three-rider lineup to continue to pave the way for success in the premier class. Cooper is a proven title contender and is hungrier than ever. Together, we enjoyed a lot of success in the 250 class and are looking forward to having him back and seeing what we can do with the all-new YZ450F.”
Jeremy Coker, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager, sees Webb’s reunion as a significant moment, describing it as both a homecoming and the start of a bright new chapter for the team. He anticipates the legacy Webb will build in this fresh partnership with his home team.
“Reuniting with Cooper Webb signals not just a homecoming but also a bright horizon for the team. We’re all pretty excited to get going and to see the legacy he will build in this new chapter with his home team,” Coker concluded.