It was a tough night for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as the reigning 450SX Champion suffered a crash during the second Main Event that left him sidelined for the rest of Saturday’s Triple Crown in Arlington, Texas.
Webb had a great start to the day, where he qualified fourth overall in the 450SX division. In the first Main Event, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into second early on and he maintained a solid pace to finish with a runner-up position in race one. In the second race, he didn’t get off to the best start but he worked his way into fourth by lap 11. While making a podium charge late in the race, Webb experienced a big crash in the ‘dragon’s back’ section, which left him unable to continue racing. After receiving trackside assistance from the Alpinestars Medical Crew, Webb was transported to a local hospital where he awaits further evaluation.
Team Manager, Ian Harrison: “Cooper’s day started off well, he was good in both qualifying practices and in the first race he rode exceptionally well, we were happy with him and we didn’t make any bike changes. In the second race, he was riding well and moving through the pack, and then it looks like he lost drive going up the dragon’s back, landed on the front wheel and it flipped him off and he landed in the cement. As of now, it seems like there are no broken bones but we are heading to the hospital now to check in with Cooper.”
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team will provide a further update as soon as it’s available.