The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team has announced that Weston Peick will miss the 2018 Ironman Motocross, the final round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Peick has struggled with torn tendons in one hand that results in numbness and tingling all season and will undergo the necessary surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday. Peick has put the procedure off as long as possible in an attempt to score points at all twenty-nine professional races of the SX and MX season, but the surgery will keep that from happening. Peick is currently sixth in the 450 championship standings.
With this news, Peick joins fellow injured teammates Justin Bogle and Justin Hill. Bogle recently underwent a surgery to repair an arm issue that also caused numbness while Hill sat out Unadilla and Budds Creek with a knee injury. If Hill will be able to race Ironman is uncertain.
The press release from the team is posted below…
The anchor of the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team, Weston Peick has proven time and again that willpower and grit can overcome nearly any obstacle. Peick has been racing all summer with torn tendons in his hand, yet he refused to let that sideline him. The Menifee, California native showed his determination at Budds Creek-a track that was not kind to Peick's hand. On his #34 RM-Z450, Peick fought hard in both motos to earn 10th overall and remain sixth in the points standings. Peick will undergo hand surgery on Tuesday and miss the final round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this weekend at Ironman Raceway.
Weston Peick [450 Class, 14 – 9 for 10th Place] - "Budds Creek was the last round for me, because of my hand injury. The race didn't go as well as I wanted it to. I didn't get the best start in the first moto, but I worked my way up. The track was hard pack and bumpy, which took a toll on my hand. Honestly, it was one of my worst weekends for my hand issue. We made some changes to the bike for moto two, and they also prepped some of the track that was pretty gnarly rough. I got off to a sixth-place start and held there for half the race. I'm obviously not stoked, but given my hand situation, to pull off a top ten is good in my books. I am getting surgery on Tuesday to get my hand fixed. At this point I'm not sure how long I'll be off the bike."