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Cooper Webb (2) will line up for his first AMA 450 Supercross this Saturday, while Chad Reed (22) returns for his 15th 450 Supercross season.

Chad Reed is back with Yamaha for 2017. Last year he finished fifth in the final standings and scored three podiums. He has a new look for 2017, wearing Fox Racing gear instead of Shift.

Chad Reed’s factory Yamaha YZ450F, replete with blue rims. The official team name is Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing. That’s a mouthful.

Reed has proven time and again that you can’t count the the Australian out. Will 2017 be the year he wins his third 450 Supercross title?

Super technical and consistent, Chad Reed always shines in the whoops. Is it just us, or is Reedy hitting the whoops at Yamaha’s secret Supercross test track backwards? 

Cooper Webb wrapped up his factory Yamaha deal early – some pit pundits believe he signed too early to cash in on his true worth – but that doesn’t matter. Webb stuck with Yamaha in the 450 class, and the match could be similar to Chad Reed and Yamaha back in 2003.

Cooper Webb’s factory Yamaha YZ450F, with longtime mechanic Eric Gass still spinning the wrenches as the two head into the 450 class. 

Many expect Cooper Webb to make an immediate impact in the 450 class, much like fellow statesman Damon Bradshaw did all those years ago.

How will Cooper Webb adjust to longer races, a longer series, increased competition and added pressure by being on a factory team? Time will tell. We’re pulling for the kid. 

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