Hailing from Melbourne, Chandler Cooper is blazing a trail toward reaching a World Championship title as he competes across Europe in the FIM CEV Repsol Championship. Currently in Barcelona creeping his way up the leader board in the Moto2 class, Cooper sat down with Motorcycling Australia to discuss his fans, the support he receives from his family and team, and what his training regime entails.
Where are you currently competing?
I’m currently in Barcelona, Spain, competing in the FIM CEV Repsol in the Moto2 class.
What’s the hardest thing about adapting to your new country?
I’ve been in Barcelona for over two years now and at first it was very daunting! But my parents and the Promo Racing Team, headed by Raul Jara, have made the transition to deal with international competition and the different lifestyle in Spain really easy. I’m very lucky!
What do you miss most about home?
Mum’s cooking, my school friends and AFL.
What is your preparation/training regime like?
I’m a vegetarian which I find helps with my weight management. I also attend the gym everyday and do lots of cycling when I’m not physically riding. I do my own shopping, cooking and of course cleaning so I’m pretty adept at a good preparation. I also have test days and training days with Moto2 riders Xavi Vierge and Eric Granado on our motards which helps in developing my training.
What’s been a highlight for you this year?
My highlight this year has been Catalunya where I scored second place twice in the Superstock category! It was a great feeling knowing I’m improving with each race.
What is your single most motivating force?
My dad is really a great motivator. He’s a former rider himself and he has supported my riding and training the whole way and it really means a lot. In saying that I’ve got a great mum and family and also receive huge positive support from fans on social media, which has been fantastic.
Tell us a bit more about what you hope to achieve and what you have already achieved in 2018?
This year has been another step for me to head towards the FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 World Championship. I’m too big at 64kg to ride in the Moto3 class so my focus next year is to get an entry into the FIM CEV Mtot2 European Championship. I will then aim for a 2020 World Championship. I know its ambitious but I’m working hard to get there!
What’s your strangest overseas experience been so far?
Watching my dad deal with the motor home toilet in France at LeMans! Let’s just say that the look he gave me when he had to do the maintenance on the toilet was absolutely hilarious!
Do you have a special message for your fans back home?
Fans is a word I like, but instead I’d describe the people that follow me as great supporters that always wish me well.
Favourite thing to do besides motorcycling?
I love to cook and do lots of cycling and kick the footy with my dad but most importantly, I cherish time with my mum and sisters when I’m back home in Australia.
Embarrassing fact about you?
That’s a question for my mum I think she probably got a long list on that topic!
Describe yourself in three words
Competitive, Compassionate & Measured.