Adrienne Cooper: 2012 AMA ATV Women's MX Champion
January 15, 2013
Adrienne Cooper had a spectacular 2012 season in the ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series, presented by Parts Unlimited.
The 22-year-old racer, who lives in Union City, Tenn., earned five overall wins and three second-place finishes to clinch the Women’s championship title after just eight rounds of the 10-round series.
“The championship feels great! My team and family and I have been working for this for a long time so it's nice to have all the hard work pay off,” Cooper says.
But the championship didn’t come easy. The Women’s class is full of talent. Cooper says that Chloe Buerster and Katie Mette, in particular, were tough competition.
“Both girls are such strong starters and they are both very smooth but fast,” Cooper says. “They are both all-around great racers.”
The 2012 season was relatively smooth for Cooper, who stayed healthy all season. There was one weekend, though, that was particularly memorable. That was in Ohio.
“A huge storm came in and severely damaged our rig,” she remembers. “It was devastating. But I ended up winning the overall that weekend and coming within four points of clinching the title, so it helped take my mind off the rig a little bit. And most important, nobody was injured during the storm so we are all really thankful for that.”
Cooper loves the tracks on the AMA ATV MX series circuit, and she’s looking forward to defending her title in 2013.
But before the green flag drops on the first race of the 2013 season, Cooper plans to do a lot of traveling.
“Joe Byrd and I will be going to Europe for one month to compete in a couple races and do schools,” she says. “We will also be going to South America for a few weeks to race as well. But when I'm in the States, the off-season is a chance for me to spend time with my family and regroup for the next race season. We spend a lot of time out on the West Coast where I'm from, so that's important to me.”
Cooper has been racing MX for a decade, with her first race in August 2003 at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California.
“I was terrified,” she says.
She’s done a few endurance races in Europe, but says her heart is in motocross.
When she isn’t racing, what does Cooper enjoy doing?
“I'm a real adrenaline junkie so I like to do a lot of extreme things,” she says. “We go skydiving a lot and I love going to Glamis and drive our sand car. Anything that gives me a good rush is fun to me.”
She’s a hard-core racer, which may give some people the wrong impression of her. Cooper says people would probably be surprised to find out that she’s “a girly girl. I love getting my nails and hair done, and getting dressed up to go out. I love my girls’ days with my mom and sister.”
Cooper credits her race team and others for her success, noting “they gave me all the tools I needed to win and always kept me up and running, whether it was at a race or training at home.
“Joe Byrd Quad Riding School has been my main sponsor this year and supplied me with an awesome team and a great bike,” she says. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors that supported us for this season: Dasa, Walsh, PEP, Pro Armor, SSI Decals, Maxxis Tires, DWT, Fly Racing, Lonestar, Quad Tech, Hinson, Renthal, Tsubaki Chains, Precision, FPS, UNI, Scott Goggles, Web Cams, Sidewinder, Works Connection, Powermadd, Hardkor, Streamline, Golden Motorsports and my family.
“I would also like to thank the Women's class,” she says. “The girls and their families have all been so awesome this season and I couldn't have picked a better group of girls to race with. Thank you everybody.”