Jake Weimer | Three Days

Fill-In Rider Delivers

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Just when it looked like former West Coast 250 Supercross Champion Jake Weimer would be watching the Anaheim 1 Supercross from the stands, the likable racer from Idaho got the call from the AutoTrader/Monster Energy/JGRMX/Suzuki team to fill in for Justin Barcia, who was sidelined with a broken wrist. With only a few days to prepare, Weimer was impressive as he raced to 11th in the first Supercross main event of the season.

Jake, not a bad race for only having three days on the bike! You proved a lot of people wrong tonight…
I don’t know what people expect or don’t expect from me, but there really wasn't a lot of time to prepare for this. My intentions had been to race, so I had been working on way to go racing, but nothing seemed to work out. During the first week of December, I started to figure that I wasn’t racing and would not be on the starting line at Anaheim 1. I was so mentally frustrated and tired, which caused me to not ride as much as I would have if I knew I would be racing. I got the call Tuesday night, and I immediately took the offer. After getting the call, I had to get all my gear deals put together. I got to ride the bike one day, but then the rain and weather sorta screwed me. All in all, I am glad to be here. This is what I love to do, I'd like to say I'm racing all 17 rounds, but it is what it is and I'll enjoy the time I have.

You looked really fast in your heat race, but it was apparent that you haven’t been riding a lot when you made a couple mistakes that were uncharacteristic of you….
During the last few weeks I haven’t been planning on racing, I had even talked about doing the Fantasy Supercross League and all that with some buddies. I've been training and riding, but not quite how I would if I knew I was racing tonight. I think the biggest thing was flipping that switch in my head and realizing that I was racing, not watching from a press box. Early in the day, we made a couple adjustments to help myself get comfortable. I feel that part of me was trying to ride too hard tonight, as the track was very slippery. I'm just mentally trying to get myself race ready¬†and get everything back going in such a small window of time.

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How did it feel to come out and win that semi?
That was rad, especially because I've never won a semi. J-Bone had wished me good luck before the race and said, "It would be pretty cool to have a semi win," so I was pretty stoked on the win.

So, you're pretty satisfied with the night?
Absolutely, it’s a lot to get together in a short amount of time. I've been riding a Suzuki, but this is a different team with different personnel, a different motor package, and new suspension guys. It's a great bike and I've had a lot of fun riding it tonight, but there is a little learning curve to figuring out the motor and working with the suspension guys. There is just some little details that us picky ass riders need to adjust to.

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