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Wanted to be closer to Yamaha’s training center in Cairo


Cooper Webb, the No. 2 rider in the 450SX motorcycle class of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship series, knows all about ups and downs.

Supercross racing involves maneuvering a series of moguls, jumps and hairpin turns and Webb has spent years flying through the air on his motorbike and making hard landings on dirt tracks.

Webb has amassed 42 American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) victories, placing him in the top-15 all-time.

Webb won the circuit’s race in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 24 and took a fourth-place finish in the Daytona Beach event on March 2. He finished second in Birmingham, Alabama on March 9 and fifth place in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 16 where he suffered a crash.

The supercross season continues through May with weekly races in Seattle, St. Louis, Foxborough, Nashville, Philadelphia, Denver and Salt Lake City on tap. Races are broadcast nationally on Peacock, NBC and CNBC.

Webb currently races for the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team and moved to Tallahassee last year to be closer to the team’s training facility in Cairo, Georgia.

Webb started motorcycle racing at the age of 4 and turned professional at 17. He is currently in his 11th year of motorcycle racing.

Webb said the 31-race season (plus international events) can be grueling but he makes it more amenable by traveling with his wife, Mariah, and baby daughter Indy.

“I try my best to put all my efforts into what I am doing at that time. When I’m at the track, I put everything into being at the track, and when I am at home I put everything into my family time,” said Webb. “We travel to my races as a family each weekend so we can include our daughter in making lots of memories while we are traveling around the world together,” he added.

The Webbs are members of the Tallahassee Second Ward. Cooper is a recent convert to the Church and credits Mariah for her example.

“She was always a great example to me and I attended church with her as much as my racing schedule would allow. My team doctor is also a member of the Church and was a great example as well,” he said. “The missionaries came over one day to bless our home we had just moved into and I had a strong feeling I should ask them to come back to talk with me if they had the time. I guess the rest is history. Getting baptized was truly one of the best decisions of my life.”