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Justin Cooper Steps Up To The 450 Class for 2024 Season Full-Time

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Justin Cooper has shown a lot of potential on the 450 and he and his team are looking forward to seeing what he can do next season in SMX.

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing has officially confirmed that Justin Cooper will rejoin the team for the entire 2024 SuperMotocross World Championship season, making his full-time debut in the premier 450 class.

Since his induction into the team in 2018, Cooper has consistently proven himself In the 250 class, establishing his status as a viable title contender. With achievements including the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship and several wins in both stadium and outdoor series’ 250 class, Cooper’s reputation precedes him.

In the ongoing year, he acquired experience riding in the 450 class during select Supercross rounds, securing top 10 finishes, with a standout sixth place in the physically demanding Daytona Supercross event. Subsequently, he returned to the 250 team for a final title push in Pro Motocross.

The season presented a roller-coaster journey for Cooper, who faced setbacks after a practice crash, causing him to miss the motos at High Point. Demonstrating resilience, he concluded the season with four moto victories and a commendable 12 podium finishes, solidifying his runner-up position in the championship. As he prepares for the forthcoming inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship Finals, Cooper is poised to cap off his 250 career on a strong note. Looking ahead, he is primed for his debut in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX, Pro Motocross 450MX, and 450SMX Championships in 2024.

As Cooper embarks on this significant transition, he said, “I’m super excited to sign the 450 deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing. We’ve had an awesome six years together on the 250, and I think that success should transition quite nicely to the 450 class. I’m also super excited to start this next chapter of my career. It’s really nice to know that we have a team behind us that knows me and what I like on the bike to make that transition easier and carry over the success we’ve built on the 250 over to the 450 class. I feel like I’m in a good spot going into this next season. To be able to make my full-time 450 debut with a crew that I’m comfortable with and that I trust — It’s just a welcome feeling. There’s nothing really to worry about, like a big transition stage and having to move or anything like that. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Jeremy Coker, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager, shared his excitement, “We’re pleased to announce Justin’s addition to the 450 team. Having him with us full-time in the premier class is truly exciting. You can feel his real potential when he’s on a 450, and I honestly think we’re about to see some amazing things from him in the near future.”

Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS, expressed the team’s satisfaction, “We’re happy to have Justin return with the team and see him move up to the 450 class in 2024. It’s been great to see him evolve in this championship from the early beginning to the 2021 250SX title and now as he heads into his next chapter in the premier class. He shows a lot of potential on the YZ450F, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do next season in SMX.”

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