Jimmy Albertson showed up at the first round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Anaheim with an awesome looking bike and an old friend in his corner. That old friend was 1990 125cc AMA Supercross Series champion Guy Cooper.
Dirt Rider spoke with Cooper to find out what he’s been up to.
Q: Hey Guy, what are you doing at Anaheim 1?
A: Well, Chris Crossland at Motosport, who’s helping Jimmy Alberton’s team, asked me to build a track for him over in Arkansas, and one thing led to another and he asked me to help out with Jimmy. I’ve got a 450 back at home and I’ve got all my tracks built back up and prepared and Jimmy’s been coming over and practicing. So it’s kind of like it used to be, with my tracks and stuff, kind of like the late ’90s when Travis [Pastrana] was there. The tracks looks as good as they did back then.
Q: Other than helping Jimmy, what are you doing these days, say on a day to day basis?
A: I do little odd jobs, I own a dozer and a skid steer, so I build tracks and things like that. I guess I don’t really have a job right now, but I REAL busy and I/m having a lot of fun.
Q: How much riding do you get to do these days?
A: It seems to be more and more. The last few months, I can just say more than ever.
Q: What are your thoughts on how the sport has changed?
A: I like parts of it. How big it is and I actually like how commercial it is because its mainstream and it’s on TV. Personally, I would like to see a two-stroke class and a four-stroke class. I think the Lites class should be two-strokes. I still love that two-stroke sound and I think we’re missing an opportunity to help sales of the bikes and I think there are guys who can ride a two-stroke better than a four-stroke.
Q: Surely you have more thoughts on the series than that.
A: Yeah, if you really want to hear me bitch a little bit, I think it would be nice to see some tracks with multi lanes in them, maybe have 14 jump options on every straight. You’re still going to see the fastest guys at the front. I also like to see a few more flat corners and an esse turn and I think you’d see a whole new dynamic of Supercross. Back when I was at my peak, back in ’88 and ’89, and the tracks were really tough, I was fearless, I kind of wanted it to be tough. The harder it was and the tougher it was, the better I liked it. I felt like I could settle in a little faster than the other guys, but at the end of the day, the guys that were in the best shape ended up winning.
But I respect it, I think it’s good and the guys out here are incredible, what they can do. The bikes have gotten a lot better but the speeds have gotten a lot faster too.