Monster Energy AMA Supercross rider Cooper Webb will spend six-to-eight weeks off the bike following the concussion he sustained during his April 29 crash at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
He confirmed the news via Instagram on Thursday afternoon.
It was recommended by Webb’s neurologist that he take the proper time to recover before returning to competition, in order to combat lingering effects from the head injury.
This means the Red Bull KTM rider will miss the opening rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross championship, leaving him out of the title fight once again — he also missed last motocross season due to injury.
The 27-year-old shared that his plan is to race the last half of the motocross season before gearing up for the SuperMotocross World Championship playoff rounds, which are set for September. For now, Webb will focus on spending time with his wife and daughter, and being a “normal dude for a little bit,” he said.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson — who endured what seemed like a minor crash at the Nashville, Tenn., round last weekend —will also be on the sidelines for the next few weeks.
On Wednesday, Anderson shared via Instagram that he has a non-displaced fracture at C5 and C6 vertebrae in his neck. The original source of the injury was related to a wreck he had in practice earlier in the week.
“I didn’t think [the practice crash] was too bad. After racing, then practicing this week, I felt like something was wrong,” Anderson wrote, adding that he then sought out a CT scan that confirmed the fracture. “Obviously that’s one of the things we fear the most as racers is an injury in that area, but luckily where the fracture is, my season is not over and I can come back to the races relatively soon.”
According to a statement from Monster Energy Kawasaki, Anderson will sit out the remaining two rounds of Supercross to recover from his neck injury. He was sixth in series points.
In regard to the motocross season, a return date has not been set.
Kawasaki wrote that Anderson will “take it week by week to determine his return to racing.”