Losing In On Weston Peick

Weston Peick

Weston Peick pushed a lot of buttons final summer with his fourth place finish at Salt Lake City throughout the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series last year. Riding privateer Suzuki’s, Peick has turned in some pretty impressive performances in this year’s supercross series as well, surpassing the anticipation of a lot of the factory cyclists in the pits. And based on his performance this year, including a fifth put in place the 450 class this past weekend break at Anaheim III, the 23-year-old is definitely deserving of a factory ride, but seems content to just beat the factory riders on his Motosport. com/Fly Racing-backed Suzuki.

Dirt Rider checked in on Peick after his amazing A3 finish to see how things were heading.

Dirt Driver: Talk us with the weekend.

Weston Peick: The weekend break was good, I got off to some good start in my heat competition and finished third, then I had a good gate for the main yet I didn’t get off to a great jump and ended up having to function my way up one the very first lap to about top 10. I simply kind of fell into a groove and started making a few passes and then Dungey went down and I ended up fifth overall.

DR: How do you feel about the season up to now?

WP: It’s been kind of up and down, but I think it’s going to get solid from here on out. So far, I’m driven on the season, and I think things are usually coming together for us. ”

DR: Have you received any calls through any of the factories?

WP: Not really, yet everyone knows I have my own team just for 2014. So I think everyone knows I’m not going to drop something that I curently have going on.

DOCTOR: Do you feel like you’re at a big disadvantage for the factories?

WP: I don’t know, really, we have a solid program going on and that is all that really matters. When you have a lot of determination behind you then there’s really no difference between someone else and me.

DOCTOR: Tell us about your group this year.

WP: My team is definitely supported by Motosport. com, and I also have support from Yoshimura Suzuki. As far as my engines, it’s a combination of Yoshimura doing them and Catfish Motors. My suspension gets accomplished by Dave Cruz, who has been doing my stuff for about two-and-a-half years now.

DR: Do you get any help from Suzuki?

WP: Suzuki helps out as much as they can, obviously they have budgets, but they perform what they can and it’s a large help to my program.

DR: What do you think you have improved on in the last year?

WP: My riding has improved a lot over the last year, I’ve worked with Buddy Antunez a lot and he’s definitely helped me with my riding and my speed. He helps with my conditioning too. I actually work hard on and off the bike and I feel like I’m a strong rider, so I don’t really have any issues with that will.

DR: With teams like yours and Rockstar Energy Racing submiting such good performances, do you think it’s easier these days to compete against the factory teams then, say, five years ago?

WP: Everybody has advanced and more people understand the four-stroke engines now, and more and more people place there can build a solid motor package to compete with some sort of the factory level bike, ” says Peick. “It’s still not going to become the same, obviously, because they have manufacturing plant support so they have special components that we don’t. But for the most part, you can definitely make a privateer bike competitive these days.

DR: Are you obtaining a lot of recognition from your finishes?

WP: My fan base has picked up a lot this year, and I’m definitely obtaining more recognition this year, and that is good.

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