Following his win last Saturday at Thunder Valley, Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper reveled he’s likely to undergo shoulder surgery following the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this Saturday at Fox Raceway at Pala.
“If I’m going to be honest, I think the plan for me is to get surgery right after Pala,” he said. “I’ve had a pretty banged up shoulder. I had an AC joint separation, so that’s been bothering me. It’s at the point—I had a previous surgery on it—but it’s at the point where it’s just not feeling right, so I might just get that quickly fixed up. I feel like now is a good time to do it, since we don’t know what’s going on for next year yet.
“It shouldn’t be too long off the bike and we’ll get back into the swing of things when I feel healthy enough to do so, but as of right now, I think that’s going to be the plan.”
Cooper said the injury dates back to his huge crash at the 2018 Houston Supercross. If Cooper elects to undergo surgery, it may relegate him to the East Region in 2021.
“I had a crash in Houston 2018 in Supercross and that put me out for the rest of the Supercross season and I ended up doing the Pro Motocross championship that year,” he said. “Obviously me and Jeremy came together at that one round.
“I ended up getting hurt there too with my shoulder and it hasn’t been the same since, so I’m going to try and get it fixed up. It’s a bummer, but we all deal with this kind of stuff, so I hope to be back soon.”