2010 Indianapolis SX Nick Wey Interview

February 24, 2010
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

Earlier this week MotorcyleUSA was able to catch up with Kawasaki factory racer Nick Wey. The 29-year-old from Dewitt, Michigan was tapped to fill in for an injured Chad Reed. Wey had already been racing a privateer KX450F on the TiLUBE Brown Motorsports team for the 2010 season. Since joining the Monster Energy Kawasaki squad, he has put in four top-10 rides aboard the green-and-black #27 bike. Read on to see what Nick has to say about the switch to the factory team, racing with a family, and Mandingo Pickles.

So Nick how did Indy go for you?

Nick Wey riding hard at Indianapolis - 2010 AMA Supercross Indianapolis
Nick Wey scored his highest finish of the season at Indianapolis where he raced the factory Kawasaki to eighth place.

Indy went pretty well. I think I’m getting a lot more comfortable with the bike. I think with a better start I could have done better, but I feel like I rode better for sure. I’m pushing to be in the top five. I got eighth which matches my best finish for the year. Now I’m eighth in the series which is an improvement over where I was last year. It’s still not exactly where I want to be, so I’m working really hard during the week to try to keep improving.

Mechanics play an important role in most riders’ success. What is it like having a different mechanic part way through the season?

I get along with all the guys at Kawasaki really well, so it wasn’t a super-hard transition for me. I had spent a lot of time with the guys at the track when I was out there testing my TiLUBE bike. My mechanic for the TiLUBE team is a really good friend of mine from Michigan, and he’s actually staying with me in California for the last month or so. So I see him all the time. With (Dana) Wiggins, I’ve known him for quite some time. This is the first time I’ve got to work with him. I respect him a lot. With his help and the rest of the Kawasaki team it been really cool to be a part of it all.

How did the ride on the Monster Energy Team come about?

Obviously it wouldn’t have been possible to ride for the Kawasaki Team unless the TiLUBE guys were cool enough to stick behind me in this hiatus on the factory team. Chad got hurt, and the Monster guys were looking for someone to fill in at the races. I figured it would be a great opportunity and was happy to do that as long as my sponsors were cool with it. It just so happened that they were, so I’m excited to be here.

Nick Weys TiLube Kawasaki
Wey traded his TiLUBE Kawi for a Monster Energy ride. His original sponsors were cool enough to allow him the opportunity.

Before coming onto the factory team were you receiving any type of support for them?

Kawasaki was letting me ride at their track, but any more than that, no. So it’s kinda good to try and help build a relationship with Kawi and the team.

Are there any plans for support after you return to your original team?

There’s nothing formal saying Kawasaki is going to help me, but this is going to strengthen our relationship. So maybe any little parts we may need they will help us out with. Times are tough right now, and everyone is pretty tight. I can understand that, but I think this is definitely going to help the TiLUBE team moving forward with a relationship with Kawasaki. I think from here it will only get stronger.

Out at the West Coast rounds your wife and kids were at the races hanging out. How has being married and a father changed your goals and drive in your racing career?

I guess it’s changed my motivation. Before it was all about my own self glory, wanting to do well, and not having any expectations on what to come up with financially to provide for a family. Now being married and having two kids it’s more of a clear motivation. I want to reach the goals I’ve set as a kid wanting to win races, but now it’s more clear what I need to do to provide for my family. If anything it gives me a lot more motivation to win than what I would have without them.

So what are your plans in the future after your racing career?

Nick Wey - Phoenix Supercross Practice
The addition of a full family in recent years has helped focus Nick’s purpose in racing.

I don’t really know. I really enjoy the motocross scene; it’s all I’ve known my whole life. Over the past five years I’ve work closely with MSR. I really enjoy helping them with some of their gear designs. So maybe that would be something I would be into, but right now I’m totally focused on my racing. I think I have quite a few more years left of being competitive. I’m looking to improve for sure. There’s a lot more in the tank, and I’m excited about things to come.

Earlier this year Ryan Villopoto was on the podium with a jar of pickles. What’s up with Mandingo Pickles?

Mandingo Pickles is my mechanic on the TiLUBE team, Big Nasty, and his brother’s pickle company. As he’s going around the country as a mechanic he’s promoting his company. It works out good for him, and they have a good product so I don’t mind plugging it here and there.