One round down in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and we’ve already lost a top rider for the rest of the series. KTM announced today that Cooper Webb will miss the remainder of Pro Motocross due to a back injury.
Webb was fastest in the first practice at the season opener at Loretta Lynn’s and qualified second overall. He was strong early in the first moto but struggled down the stretch and in moto two. He ended the day with 5-8 motos for seventh overall.
In an Instagram post, Webb said he re-injured his back, which he initially hurt in a gnarly crash at Arlington Supercross, about a month ago. Initially he was diagnosed with two bulged discs, he said. At the opening round, he said he crashed again in practice which “upset his back.”
On Monday, Webb went back to the doctor and was diagnosed with three herniated discs, a torn nerve and bone contusions on his sacrum and both iliac joints.
Webb said he needs time to rest and will focus on the 2021 season.
Below is his full update:
“So the news is out. About a month ago I had a practice accident where I re injured my back in the same areas as Dallas. We got it checked out and at the time it was 2 bulged disks. We were able to manage the best we could with riding an training the last month with good and bad days. Well Saturday during practice 2 I had a crash that upset my back and as the day went on it got worse and worse with moto 2 being a disaster. Well Monday I got checked again and we found that I have 3 herniated disks in my back as well as a torn nerve and bone contusions on my sacrum and both iliac joints. With that being said I need to rest my back and doing the proper procedures to make sure my back is fine for the rest of my career. Thank you to all my sponsors for the continued support. I’m pissed off but in racing s*** happens and I will be determined as ever in 2021 to get back on top.”
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