After watching 450 qualifying in Oakland, my immediate thought was: Whoa, boy, the field is in BIG TROUBLE if Cooper Webb is out there qualifying third fastest. Webb NEVER qualifies that well. Okay, okay, NEVER is a strong word, but still. Webb ain’t about that qualifying life, he’s a gamer.
Anyway, come main event time, Webb started 11th and never really made his patented late race charge. Nope, all he could muster was a seventh.
Yes, I was that confused. Well, we got a little more information as to why via the KTM press release following the race. Apparently Webb was dealing with an illness all weekend.
“Tonight was a tough one, to say the least,” he said. “I came down with a cold yesterday and fought through it the best we could today but definitely didn’t feel great at all. Practice went pretty good with third but I just tried to save as much as I could for the Main Event. I had a terrible start in the main and I made my way forward as best I could. It was definitely tough battling the sickness but I’m going to get healthy this week and go into San Diego with a fresh body and fresh slate. As far as the championship goes, we’re still in a good spot so we’ll see where it ends up.”
While a seventh isn’t what Webb wants, he’s still very much in the thick of the championship as he sits just three points back of championship leader Justin Barcia.
Main image: KTM Images