Rider: Nick Wey
Team: TiLube Kawasaki
Machine: Kawasaki KX450F (#27)
Born: June 18, 1980 in Lansing, MI
Veteran Nick Wey has a long racing resume. By the time the Michigan rider hit his teens, Wey had already won the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship title in the 85cc Stock Class. Before turning pro, Wey added six more titles, countless amateur championships and earned the coveted AMA Horizon Award in 1997.
In 1998, Wey burst onto the pro-scene and earned an impressive seven top-ten wins outdoors gaining him the Rookie of the Year. NW followed that up the next year with a second-place finish in the Supercross East Coast Lites and fourth in the Motocross Lites series.
By 2000, NW took a top-five spot overall indoors and a sixth-place position in the 125 Lites nationals earning him a spot on the Yamaha of Troy Team for 2001. However, 2001 would be a tough year for Wey and injuries would derail his plans to move onto the premier-class.
A stronger Wey returned in 2002 and secured an eighth-place position indoors aboard the big Yamaha, but a knee injury postponed his outdoor debut for two rounds eventually landing him in 12th. The 2003 season looked to be a repeat of the previous year, but a determined Wey bounced back and finished the Supercross series in fourth and in 11th in Motocross.
Nick Wey has been racing longer than some others have been around, but his drive and determination has never faltered.
For 2004, NW jumped ship to ride a Suzuki to fifth in Supercross and a seventh-spot, his best-to-date in the premier-class, outdoors. While debuting his new Honda ride later that same year at the U.S. Open, NW crossed the checkers in second. But injury struck again and Wey would miss most of the 2005 Supercross series and take ninth in Motocross.
Wey resigned with Honda for 2006 and landed in fifth overall, taking three podium wins and the Top Privateer Award. In 2007, Wey earned five-straight top-tens in Supercross before he was sidelined again with an injury that also affected his Motocross season.
NW rebounded in 2008 aboard a KTM this time and finished ninth overall in Supercross and sixth in the outdoor series. In 2009, Wey mustered some top-ten Supercross finishes and a ninth-overall in Motocross as with his privateer KTM. In 2010 Wey started the seaon aboard a privateer Kawasaki, and shortly after was called to fill in for an injured Chad Reed with solid results. He finished seventh overall, and his best result of the season came in St. Louis where he took fourth. In Motocross he rode decently to finish 10th overall, and his best finish came at Wahougal with a 10-6 result.
Nick Wey has been a consistent top-10 finisher in both disciplines even after the move to the big bikes.
For 2011 Wey has signed with Valli Motosports Yamaha.
2011: 10th (SX), 11th (MX)
2010: 7th (SX), 10th (MX)
2009: 14th (SX), 8th (MX)
2008: 9th (SX), 6th (MX)
2007: 14th (SX), 32nd (MX)
2006: 5th (SX), 8th (MX)
2005: 17th (SX), 9th (250 MX)
2004: 5th (SX), 7th (250 MX)
2003: 4th (SX), 11th (250 MX)
2002: 8th (SX), 12th (250 MX)
2001: 17th (SX), 4th (ESX), 12th (125 MX)
2000: 30th (SX), 4th (ESX), 6th (125 MX)
1999: 2nd (ESX), 4th (125 MX)
1998: 15th (ESX), 9th (125 MX)
1997: 32nd (125 MX)