After winning the 2010 AMA Supercross West-Coast title, Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer couldn't keep that forward momentum going into the outdoor series. While he tried to turn things around, an aggravating backache that started two races into the season increased into a season ending injury. Eight weeks later, and after intense physical therapy, Weimer is back in action and looking fast as ever.
How did the outdoor series go for you?
Not good. Things started off really slow for me, and by the time I started to get the ball rolling, I started to have some issues with my back. That was kind of annoying because my back pains weren't allowing me to do what I wanted to.
Was it frustrating trying to find your groove in the outdoor series?
It's always frustrating when you're not where you want to be, or where you should be. I was working hard during the week to turn things around, but at the same time, I was fighting an uphill battle with my back. So those problems were keeping me from putting it all together on race day.
Did the pain gradually increase over time, or did it happen all at once?
It started to bother me when we were a few races into the outdoor series, but I didn't really pay attention to it. I figured that maybe I needed to stretch more, so I started doing that, and I started to do some more back exercises. I thought I was helping my back out by doing that, but it increasingly got worse. Finally, the pain got so bad that I couldn't even ride.
Was Mitch frustrated with what was going on, or did he understand that you needed the time off?
It's always frustrating when you're not getting the results that you know you can get, but at the same time, we're all humans and we all get hurt. It's nothing that we can avoid. He's been around long enough that he knows people get hurt. But I can't complain because I've pretty much been injury free in my pro career.
What was the whole rehab process like?
The first step was to figure out what the problem was, and after we knew what it was, I had to stop riding. For a while I couldn't do anything, but then I gradually started to get into the rehab process. There were so many procedures during that time that I can't even remember what I did. After five weeks, I started to do some strengthening exercises so that I could build up my back muscles again. Once we go into that, we gradually increased the process from there.
Now that it's your first day back, how is your back feeling?
So far everything is feeling like it's back to normal. Nothing is bothering me, so I'm happy.
What are your plans for 2011?
Well, I don't know who I'm riding for yet, so I'm still trying to figure that out. Once I get everything figured out, I'll be stoked. All I know, though, is that I'll be on a 450.