The brutal sport of Supercross has claimed another victim as JGR Suzuki lost Weston Peick during practice last Saturday at Phoenix. He injured his wrist and immediately got surgery to try and heal it. Here is the full press release:
Weston Peick suffered a hard crash during practice at last week’s race in Phoenix, Ariz. He was transported to a nearby hospital where it was discovered that he had a lacerated kidney and a broken wrist. Peick underwent successful surgery Sunday night on his wrist, the kidney should heal on its own. Although the recovery time is difficult to accurately predict at this time, he is expected to need several weeks of healing time before he can begin preparing to return to riding, and then racing. His condition will be updated as more information becomes known. Peick was riding exceptionally well before the crash, and was coming off a season best fifth place the week prior.
“Weston was riding really well with lots of confidence on the RM-Z450, I am really bummed for him but we look forward to a full recovery and seeing him back racing once he is healthy and ready,” said team manager Jeremy Albrecht.
Since Justin Barcia, who has been recovery from a wrist injury is expected to return to racing in the next couple of weeks the team will not look to replace Peick with a fill-in rider at this time. Jake Weimer, who has been substituting for Barcia will race his RM-Z450 at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 4, with Phillip Nicoletti contesting the 250SX class aboard his RM-Z250.
My Opinion: Ughhhh, this is really a shame and another huge lost for the series. Peick was having a strong start to his 2017 campaign and this will be a real setback for him. Last season he seemed rattled and always trying to catch up because of the suspension. Now he just needed to improve on his results week after week and thats exactly what he was doing. He had just secured a 5th place and I was getting ready for him to battle for podiums. Hopefully he can have a speedy recovery and be back out there racing these guys soon.
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