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Nick Wey Las Vegas SX Preview

5/3/2003

Recapped By: Pat Schutte - OMS Sports

 
 

LAS VEGAS (May 1, 2003) –  While many riders on the THQ Supercross Series were sidelined due to various injuries and ailments, one rider in particular - Team Mach 1 Motorsports’ Nick Wey – worked his tail off all season long, raced on a number of occasions with injuries and/or despite flu-like symptoms and comes to Vegas this weekend walking with a swagger knowing he’s got a great chance of piloting his Mach 1/Yamaha YZ 250 into the No. 4 spot overall – the highest placing in the world’s No.1 supercross series for a non-factory rider.

 

“I’m pumped for Vegas,” said Wey. “The track suits me fine, I’m diggin’ the fact that it’ll be a loud, sold out crowd of knowledgeable race fans and I can’t wait to get out there a close out this season with a bang – hopefully with a podium finish.”

 

Last year at Vegas, in his rookie campaign on the 250cc bike, Wey finished a respectable 8th. He comes into the race this year with a 10-point lead over Yamaha factory rider Tim Ferry (5th overall) and a seemingly insurmountable 18-point lead ahead of the next closest non-factory rider, Mach 1 teammate Heath Voss.

 

Wey, who will be riding Yamaha’s YZ 450F for the Outdoor Nationals, summed up his ’03 Supercross Season by saying “It’s been a long, tough haul, but I’ve learned a great deal about myself this year," he said. "I’m only 23-years-old and I’ve got a lot of great supercross seasons ahead of me. This was an important year to prove to not only my great sponsors, but also myself, that I’ve got what it takes to compete with the top riders in the world. And by coming into Vegas in fourth place overall, I think I’ve done just that.”

 

250cc THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series Event Results

 

1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

2. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda

3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda

4. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha

5. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Ca., Suzuki

6. Ryan Clark, Corrales, NM., Yamaha

7. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha

8. Josh Demuth, Haslet, TX., Yamaha

9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha

10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha

 

250cc AMA Supercross Series Season Standings

 

1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda, 345

2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 335

3. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., 205

4. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha, 187

5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 177

6. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 169  

7. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 166

8. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 149

9. Larry Ward, Florence, S.C. Honda, 149

10. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 137

 

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings

 

1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 376

2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 238

3. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 236

4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 230

5. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 227

6. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 216

7. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 136

8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 124

9. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 121

10. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 76  

 

 

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