Statement: Justin Cooper

Jeremy Martin has been discussed at length following the fifth round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Muddy Creek, which is hardly surprising. A burst fracture in his back will rule him out for the remainder of the year. The crash that caused that injury actually involved a breakthrough star, Justin Cooper, who spoke out for the first time earlier today.

Muddy Creek is over and done with,” Justin Cooper wrote on social media. “Started the day out really great being fastest in both qualifying sessions. First moto P-2 and second moto had a freak racing accident on the first lap, really such a bummer for the both of us and it isn’t an easy pill to swallow hearing the news of @JeremyMartin6. Wish him a speedy recovery and somehow everyone was able to avoid me, which I’m extremely thankful for. Man I’m extremely sore today, but I’m also nothing but thankful for my support crew. Some things you just can’t prevent when there are so many riders in such a tight space. Again, freak accident out of both of our control while once in the air… Gotta keep moving forward.”

Although Cooper failed to score points in the second moto, following that crash, he still runs fourth in the 250MX standings and just eighteen points down on second place. A moto win at round three was obviously a season-best finish for the rookie.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi

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