Words by Mike Emery | Photos by Octopi Media
If you were to look up “tough” in the moto dictionary, there may as well be a photo of Weston Peick on the page. After his scary Atlanta crash, he managed to escape without major injury in typical Weston Peick fashion. He’s also had a solid first half of the season, and currently sits sixth in points in the 450 class. We stopped over for a quick glimpse into his perspective of the crash (seen below) and an update on his year.
First off, Weston: You are easily anyone's pick when it comes to naming a tough rider. You're like the Chuck Norris of moto. Did they have to hold a funeral service for the triple landing in Atlanta after you dented it? [Laughs]
There probably was, yeah. From the bike and my body smashing the ground. Everyone gathered around it to give their prayers. [Laughs]
On a serious note, it's great you made it out unscathed. That was a scary moment. We're glad you're ok.
Yeah, it was. It happened so fast I didn't even know what happened. It was such a freak thing, and one of those moments when you're flying through the air not knowing what was going to happen. I was thinking, "Shit, am I going to break my legs?" But luckily the way I fell I was able to minimize the injuries and stuff. Obviously flying through the air isn't the best way to do it, especially over a triple, but I walked away with only a bruised heel and a pretty sore shoulder. Other than that, I'm pretty damn healthy and lucky to walk away from that one.
Do you think there was something particular about that triple? Dylan Ferrandis' crash was similar, and he wasn't so lucky. We wish him the quickest of recovery – this sport is gnarly at times.
I think the problem was that the way the turn raced, it pushed so far to the outside of that triple. Everybody kept lining up straight into that outside and it ended up catching a couple people. Me, I didn't even clip the hay bale like him. I must have cross-rutted right off the face, and my front end stabbed left and I stepped right over the bars. I didn't even hit the hay bale at all but I was close on that side. I think just the way that turn laid out for that type of jump was why.
Moving past that, you've had a great year thus far.
Yeah, I've had a good year and obviously we are still only halfway through. I've shown some good speed but the past few races have kind of been crashing, or something out of my hands happens. I'm just looking forward to bringing it back, and getting back into the top five spots and working toward that podium.
Is there any one thing at your level that you think about that may make the difference to get there?
The team is always analyzing what they could do to get me up there, and for me it's a confidence thing and doing it every weekend like I was doing in the beginning of the year. It's getting those consistent top five finishes, and everybody is going fast. Everyone steps it up and gets faster and starts riding better, like I said it's not all on my part –everything has to come together and it's a long season. We have ups and downs, but we try to minimize the mistakes and stay on track fighting toward the front.