Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Jake Weimer Leads into Salt Lake

Jake Weimer Leads into Salt Lake

SX Racing Report

Jake Weimer is looking to match his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Christophe Pourcel by hanging a No. 1 Supercross Lites’ plate on the door of his team’s transporter.

He came one-step closer in Seattle, finishing on the podium and building a 19-point lead in the motorcycle racing standings. Josh Hansen showed speed early, but a difficult track and lapped traffic saw him finish sixth.

The race track in Seattle was one of the most difficult the riders had ever faced with large ruts forming early in the race, making some obstacles nearly impossible to clear. In SX Lites qualifying practice, Weimer took control and set the quickest lap while Hansen posted the sixth fastest time.

In the first heat race, Hansen got out of the gate quick and finished second. In the Weimer’s heat, the drama started early as he was caught up in a first turn crash.

After rejoining near the back of the field, Weimer started moving up, only to stall the bike and drop back once again. With mud caked on the back of his helmet, Weimer charged up to ninth and earned the final transfer spot into the Supercross Lites main.

"I got up to third and was closing in on second," said Hansen. "But I got cross-rutted and crashed and then later in the race I got caught up with a lapper and crashed again. The track was gnarly, but I was able to come through the pack so it’s frustrating I didn’t get the finish I wanted."

With the 18th gate pick, Weimer had to come from the outside and he got a great jump off the gate and was second after the first turn. Unfortunately he went off the track on the next straightaway and dropped to 10th.

The track continued to deteriorate as the laps clicked by, but Weimer was able to claw his way back up to third. Early on Hansen worked his way up from 7th to third before going down and falling back to sixth on lap 11. He would go down one more time, but he was still able to maintain his sixth place position.

Jake Weimer says: "After I was stressed out for the hour between the heat and the main about my start, I got a great start," said Weimer. "But then I fell down on the first lap and I didn’t know how far back I went, but I was just thinking I was the biggest idiot to ever ride a dirt bike. I thought Trey was leading so I just rode the best I could and ended up on the box. My goal was to push and get as much as I could and I did that."

Weimer needs to finish 15th or better at the final round of the AMA Supercross Lites West Coast season at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to clinch the championship.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

Honda, KTM, Piaggio, and Yamaha Sign E-Motorcycle Battery Agreement

Get ready for the Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles made up of Honda, KTM, Piaggio, and Yamaha. The goal is...

Laurin & Klement Slavia B – The Birth of Škoda Motorsports 120 Years Ago

Czechs Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded their bicycle manufacturing company in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia, in 1895. The company, Laurin & Klement, started a...

2021 Daytona Fantasy Supercross Tips (16 Fast Facts)

The Daytona Supercross is the midway point in the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series. There are eight rounds in the book, and there...

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Comes To Europe For 2022

For the first time since its 2008 debut, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition will be held in Europe. Located above the northeast...

Ultimate Motorcycling Editor’s Letter, March 2021: Vive l’automatique!

Testing the 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 DCT for this issue reminded me of something fundamental—motorcycles need to be accessible to new riders. Although we’ve...

Lieback’s Lounge: FTR—The Savior From Winter Misery?

When I found myself cleaning the tire treads on my Multistrada 1200, I knew the winter madness had returned.