Nick Wey Interview
Nick Wey is getting a new team up and running for 2012, and his focus is on results.
Nick Wey is a fan favorite, and has been for quite a long time. However, lately his actual race results haven’t been what people had come to expect from him. This year, with this in mind, he has teamed up with old friend Alan Brown to put together a program on Kawasakis, hoping to bring his results back to where he thinks they should be. We caught up with him yesterday at the Kawasaki test track.
Motocross.com: The season is 12 days away, and the last time we saw you race – at the Monster Energy Cup – you looked really solid on your Kawasaki. How do you feel about the upcoming season?
Nick Wey: First off, I’m going to ride for Motorsport.com/TiLube/Foremost. I’m excited about that and bringing on the sponsors that I’ve had for a long time with Mafia Moto Crew and MSR and TCX, and I’ve got Arnette helping me this year. Of course, Mandingo Pickles have got my back. Coming in, I’m looking forward to things and it should be fun. I like the bike and things have been going pretty well at the track. I’m looking forward to getting things started to kind of see where I’m at and go from there.
Well, you’ve always been a fan favorite because you’re funny and a personable guy, but what do you think it’s going to take to get you back up front again on a consistent basis?
Well, that was the first thing in preparation for 2012: I wanted to make sure that I had the equipment that I felt most comfortable on, and Kawasaki was it. Pro Circuit helped me a bunch with the suspension and things like that. I’ve had a good relationship with them for a long time. I feel like I’ll definitely have the most competitive equipment that I can get. I’m just looking forward to getting things going and seeing where I’m at and fine-tuning things from there. I think, right now, I’m in a pretty good spot, but riding with the factory guys I know I have some work to do. But at the same time I’m not on my race setting or anything out here practicing. I think I’ll be pretty good come race time. I think I can definitely progress as the season goes, but start off pretty well, also.
Is that like a blessing and a curse together when you’re out here with Ryan Villopoto and guys who have been hardcore training for months for Supercross, riding bikes that are very close to their race bikes?
Well, I’ve been pretty on it also, training and riding from the get-go. Obviously, Ryan won all the championships last year, so riding with him, it’s hard to compare, when I was a bit off the pace last year. I feel like riding with those guys definitely helps. I can see what they’re doing and try to improve. But at the same time… I don’t want to cry me a river or anything, but I’m privateering it. It’s not like I have a race spec in the engine for practicing, so I’m a bit off in that area and things like that. But once I get to the race, I feel like I’ll be good.
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