Will we see the fastest Weston Peick yet in 2018?
If you’re looking for a potential sleeper pick heading into A1, Weston Peick just may be your guy. Injured for the better part of 2017, Weston returned to form at the end of the outdoor season with numerous impressive finishes to close out the summer. Re-signed to the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team, he will come into 2018 healthy with a new bike and a familiar team. We sat down for a quick chat in between motos…
What's up Weston? We're deep into December and everyone is putting the finishing touches on training. You're coming in healthy and recovered from injury.
Yeah, I've been healthy for a little while now and through outdoors I was injured with my wrist and had to come back. I've just been putting in a lot of work and looking forward to this 2018 season.
You came on strong there at the end of outdoors and put in some really good finishes. Do you mentally carry that momentum all the way to A1?
Yeah, I know where I'm at and the speed that I have. It's just this year with the injury it kind of put me behind. I put in some good results there, and with this new bike it's quite bit better than the last model and I'm looking forward to getting out and doing some racing on it.
How was the testing process with the all-new 2018 RM-Z450 model?
It was quite a bit of a different thing, and it's obviously a brand-new model. Also with factory Suzuki coming onboard as our full support deal -that is new too. With the new bike comes a lot of development and we try all the new parts out, because it's a brand-new and no one has tried anything with it yet. So it took us a solid two weeks to go through the different parts and the chassis stuff to try everything out, and we probably could have even used three weeks just to get through everything! But with that time we had it was plenty to get comfortable enough to race and we have been making little changes here and there to make it better. Every week I ride I feel better and more comfortable on it.
How do you approach A1? Do you put a lot of stock in the results?
You know, it's a long season and if you're trying to focus way too hard on race to race stuff that's when you start making mistakes and get yourself in a weird spot. For me, I'm confident in my riding right now and I know what I have to do. I know it's a long season and I need to stay consistent. That's the most important thing -showing up every weekend and being 100% versus overdoing it one weekend and kind of setting yourself back. It's one of those things where you just have to be smart and I'm ready for that this year.
Before the madness starts, do you have some fun planned for the holidays?
No traveling for me, just keeping it local. I'll have family come over to the my house and spend Christmas there, and for the most part I'm just staying really focused on 2018 and doing a lot of training, riding, and testing. Hopefully it all pays off in a few weeks.