Daytona marked the end of Monster Energy AMA Supercross in 2023 for two riders that have been riding great. Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper and Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas will forgo the rest of Supercross and turn their focus to the Pro Motocross Championship.
Cooper, in his 450SX debut season, was only supposed to compete in “select rounds” for the team this year. The New York native made his debut in Houston and has gone 7-7-10-9-6 in five rounds raced. He finished off his 2023 SX season with a sixth, his best result of the year.
“I think we did exactly what we wanted to do with these 450 races this season,” said Cooper. “We got experience, and we learned a lot. The track’s way different in the main than it is in practice. That’s something I could have guessed, but it’s just good to see it here in person and to see how it works. Now we know what to expect coming into next year.”
Cooper will now transition to the 250 as he will compete in Pro Motocross in the 250 Class.
Like Cooper, Hymas was only supposed to compete in “select” 250SX East Region rounds in his rookie season with Honda HRC. In four rounds this year, Hymas has gone 8-8-10-6 and is currently seventh in East Region points.
“Progress was made and rode like myself, but had some unfortunate luck in the first corner of the main which resulted in being dead last,” Hymas wrote on IG. “Worked my way up to a 6th place and a personal best. Daytona was the last round of SX for me this year but I’ll see you guys in a couple months.”
Hymas will contest the entire Pro Motocross Championship with the team.
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