“IT’S PROBABLY BETTER I DON’T HOLESHOT A 450 MAIN” – JUSTIN COOPER
JUSTIN COOPER INTERVIEW // 2023 OAKLAND SUPERCROSS
Justin Cooper is ready to race the 2023 Oakland Supercross this weekend in the 450SX class. Justin is in a unique position, he won the 250 West Coast regional Supercross title in 2021 and then he only had one year left on his 250 Supercross class eligibility, but he got injured before the 2022 season started and he didn’t get a chance to defend his title. Because the Pro Motocross series doesn’t have a point-out rule, Justin is still eligible to race the 250MX class. Instead of moving to the 450 class full-time, Star Racing Yamaha offered Justin a contract to race a select few 450 Supercross races, without having to commit to a full season, but then he’s going to drop down to the 250 class to race outdoors.
It’s a unique program, but it’s smart for Yamaha to keep one of their top 250 riders on blue. Justin skipped the first three races of the season and made his 450 debut at Houston with a 7th place finish in the Main, and he finished 7th at Tampa as well. Justin won’t race all of the 450SX rounds because towards the end of the season he will begin his prep for outdoors on the 250.