Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper underwent shoulder surgery last week and said on Instagram that he is “on the road to recovery.”
Following his win at Thunder Valley, Cooper confirmed that he would undergo surgery following the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 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 at the time. “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.
Cooper said the injury dates back to his huge crash at the 2018 Houston Supercross.
“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.”
At this time, a return to riding has not been announced.
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