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Webb On Pulp Was Amazing
Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb was on the PulpMX Show last Monday and delivered quite the interview. It was packed with thoughts on the new schedule, his struggles in the whoops the first part of last year, and more.
The entire interview is worth watching (see below), but this quote about what Roger De Coster told him early in the season it pure gold.
“It actually started the week before at Oakland. We did the Triple Crown in Phoenix [Glendale], I got fourth overall but to be honest I got smoked. I pulled, I think, two out of the three holeshots and the other one I think I started second, and my scores were like 5-4-5. I started up front and got passed. We had long, slick whoops and I just struggled with the whoops, the track, speed everything. That week we all sat down. Me, my mechanic [Carlos Rivera], Roger [De Coster], and Ian [Harrison]. They were not happy. I had started that season with a sickness, but by Phoenix I was healthy and I just straight up wasn’t there. It had always been there. Even in 2019, we knew the whoops were bad but, hey, I could jump them, or hey, I could get through them good enough to not have it totally ruin my night. Phoenix really emphasized it. So we changed a lot with suspension and put our heads together on exactly what I needed to feel comfort wise.
“That’s something I had never done before on my KTM. I felt like turning was always something I felt was really good, and we had to give that up a little bit to make it work better in the whoops. I think Roger was pretty pissed. He was straight up. “Last year won the title and the most races and now you’re not even a top-three guy? What the hell?” I remember, he asked me, “Do you want to win a championship or are you just content?” So, Obviously, I’m a guy who gets pretty fired up. I went to Oakland, and the whoops were that big, but I felt really good in them that night I think that started the turning point. Passing Kenny [Roczen] on the last lap and being there with those guys. I was building on that momentum.”
Stank vs Alessi
The Kicker AMA Arenacross Series opened over the weekend with Rounds One and Two being held at the Mississippi Horse Park Arena in Starkville, Mississippi. Defending champion Kyle Peters dominated the weekend, sweeping both the 250 and 450 Pro Sport classes, but the real drama came between Gared “Stankdog” Steinke and Mike Alessi. Goodness, I love arenacross!
Stank apparently will have some new shirts this weekend as well.
You Have to Watch This Throwback
Supercross Live went and did the damn thing over the weekend, posting this absolute classic throwback of then TLD Honda rider Christian Craig losing a bet and wearing, well, we’re not quite sure.
Yoshimura released their video of the Honda HRC intro and I gotta say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Watch it below:
Dog Video of the Week
Main image: Simon Cudby/KTM Images