Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha has announced that Cooper Webb will miss the 2017 Monster Energy Cup in October due to a thumb injury. Webb suffered the injury during the first practice session at the 2017 MXGP of USA, his first race weekend on the new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F, and sat out the motos as a result.
To expedite the recovery process, Webb has elected to undergo surgery on his thumb and this will keep him from lining up at the event in October. Once recovered, the rider and the team will begin prep for the upcoming 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.
In related news, Davi Millsaps is linked to the factory Yamaha effort and has been spotted around Southern California on a bike with the Monster Energy graphics package. We’d expect the announcement of Millsaps signing to the team, along with his inclusion to the Monster Energy Cup (an event he won in 2014), in the coming weeks.
The full press release from Yamaha is posted below…
With the Monster Energy Cup coming up on October 14 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, a decision has been made by Cooper Webb and his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing team that he will not compete in the event due to lingering issues with the right thumb that he injured in practice at the Monster Energy MXGP of the USA in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
Cooper is having surgery today to repair the damage he sustained during the MXGP, and he will begin rehabbing as soon as possible in order to be 100% ready for the start of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season, which begins in early January.
Cooper commented, "I'm extremely bummed that I will miss out on the Monster Energy Cup, I've had success in the past at that event, and I was really looking forward to racing the new 2018 YZ450F under the lights in Las Vegas. With that being said, I will be getting surgery today on my thumb to speed up the healing process and make sure that I'm 100% for the 2018 season. Anaheim is the main priority right now, and I will be doing everything in my power to make sure I'm healthy and focused when the gate drops. Thank you to my awesome fans and sponsors for sticking behind me, and I will be ready to go come January!"