Jake Weimer: Strong Finish

2013 has been an important year for Jake Weimer: he was able to take advantage of a full season aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F, score impressive results indoors and out, overcome struggles, and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Nicole. Ending this year strong will be key for Weimer’s off-season prep, as he still has the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and then the Monster Energy Cup to compete in, but he is ready for the challenge. 

After all that has happened this season, how do you feel it’s gone?

As of late, it is been going better. The last couple weeks have been an improvement and I feel like I’ve been riding better. Obviously, I’ve gotten a few results that have been good, so it’s been better lately. I’d like to finish off well, but I’m ready for a break and mentally ready to hit the reset button. It’s been a hard year with Supercross, and even Nationals have been a little crazy. I want to give it my all and do well, but I’m definitely looking forward to this off-season more than I normally would be.

Because it has been such a long year?

Yeah, it’s just been hard. Supercross was a mess and it’s been a grind outdoors trying to get anything together.

How do you keep your head up if you don’t get a good result?

I don’t know. I’m sure for everybody it’s different, and I don’t know that there really is an answer. Every circumstance is different, but I think in general when it’s not going the way you want it to or the way you think it should, it’s hard to not feel rejected and feel like your not performing. You do feel down, but I think what’s more important is trying to get out of it. I don’t know anybody that can have sub-par results or fall short of their expectations and still hold their head high and feel good about themselves. To a certain extent you have to let it go, but it definitely takes a toll on you.

Weimer has found his form in the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and his rides at Unadilla and Utah have moved him a few clicks up the point standings.

When you have a bad week, what do you do between Monday and Friday before the next round?

Just keep doing the same thing; keep practicing and riding to get faster and training. There’s nothing special or crazy, you just have to keep trying.

This year has been a bit different than others; the season is going to wrap up much quicker and it feels like there have been longer breaks. As a racer, how’s that been for you?

It’s definitely better. As much as we travel and as hard as the summer is, we definitely need a break. And now with Monster Cup in there, that’s one more race in the off-season that you have to be ready for, and then after that you go to Supercross testing, and then you can go race overseas, which I’m not doing this year. It’s hard to find downtime, hit the reset button, and just chill out. So it’s good that the season is ending early and it gives us more of a  break.

The weather this year has been a lot better. Is that easier as a racer, as well?

Yeah, from what I can recall it’s definitely been a cooler summer than last year.

“I don’t know anybody that can have subpar results or fall short of their expectations and still hold their head high and feel good about themselves. To a certain extent obviously you have to let it go, but it definitely takes a toll on you.”

Does it throw your body off at when you prepare for the humidity and then show up to a place like Washougal and it be 68 degrees?

No, I don’t think so because it’s not that drastic of a climate change.

At Unadilla, how was it to click the aggressive emotion on and know you have to charge?

I knew when Josh Grant was behind me and I knew that Dungey was behind him. I saw when Dungey got around him so I knew he was coming, I just tried to focus on continuing to hit my lines, being consistent and not making any major mistakes, and I was able to concentrate and that worked out. That track was difficult and maybe Dungey was just trying different lines so that he could get around me. But when it’s that rutted, it takes a lot of concentration and focus to not make a mistake.

Weimer enters the off-season with only one thing on his mind: prepare for 2014. Each of his contracts, including Monster Energy Kawasaki, Answer Racing, Bell, and more are locked in for another year. What happens after that rests on him…

You’ve re-signed for next year at Monster Energy Kawasaki. Does that take pressure off you for the last couple of rounds?

Yes and no. Yes, because I know I’ll have a ride. That’s something hard to deal with and when I was struggling because I knew I had another year on my deal. But you feel like shit because you’re not doing your job and you’re there another year. It was hard during that time, when I was struggling, but I obviously would rather have a ride than not.

Does training with Ryan Villopoto help you? Do you get a boost knowing you can run his speed and that you have the same program that he does?

I’m not really working with him anymore. I came back to California because what I was doing wasn’t really working. I just felt that I needed to do something different, and I wanted to be closer to the team. It’s been good training with him for the last couple of years and obviously you have that gauge where the mark is and you have someone to work with.

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