Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer can now add "King of Bercy" to his resume, after winning the 2012 Paris-Bercy Supercross competition with at 1-1-2 finish.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer
is the 2012 “King of Bercy” for the first time in his career after taking win wins on Day 1 and Day 2 of the 30th Paris-Bercy Supercross competition and finishing second behind Geico Honda rider Eli Tomac on Day 3. Tomac finished the three-day event in second overall, followed by JGRMX Yamaha's Justin Brayton
who rounded out the all-USA rider podium in third.
Weimer and Tomac shined in heat races through the event, and battled hard through the timed Superpole qualifiers and elimination races. Both came out on top in their respective heat races on Day 1, and Weimer continued the trend on Day 2 whereas Tomac settled for third. Tomac kept Weimer honest during Superpole though, posting the fastest time all three nights.
Tomac kept heavy pressure on the Kawasaki
ace throughout the main events, taking second on Day 1 and 2. He grabbed the holeshot on Day 3 and built a decent gap on the field, leaving Weimer with the task of finishing in second to clinch the title of King. Weimer had been nearly faultless through the first two days of competition, but on Day 3 while running in second just two laps from the finish, he came off his KX450F
and had to remount. He slipped to third behind Brayton and had to fight hard to regain the runner-up position and claim the overall title.
"I knew what I had to do to win," said Weimer. "I was a little nervous all day because I was in the driver's seat and it was my title to lose."
“I knew what I had to do to win,” said Weimer. “I was a little nervous all day because I was in the driver’s seat and it was my title to lose. The third day was, by far the toughest, the track was really dry and slick and since I had crashed the day before I was pretty sore. But I put myself in a good place going into the third day and was happy to get the win and the title.”
French rider Cedrix Soubeyras of Honda HDI claimed fourth overall, followed by Tomac’s teammate Wil Hahn in fifth. Suzuki Tip Top’s Cyrile Coulon finished the three-day contest in sixth while Kawasaki Bud Racing’s Kyle Chisholm scored seventh.
The 2011 King of Bercy, Kyle Chisholm, notched fourth-place finishes in the first two events, but on Day 3 hit a snag when his foot caught a tuff block, injuring his ankle. Tomac notched a second overall finish in 2011 while Weimer trailed in third.
2012 Paris-Bercy Supercross King of Bercy Results:
1. Jake Weimer, USA (Kawasaki) 1-1-2
2. Eli Tomac, USA (Honda) 2-2-1
3. Justin Brayton, USA (Yamaha) 3-3-3
4. Cedric Soubeyras, France (Honda) 5-5-4
5. Wil Hahn, USA (Honda) 6-7-6
6. Cyrille Coulon, France (Suzuki) 7-6-7
7. Kyle Chisholm, USA (Kawasaki) 4-4-14
8. Fabien Izoird, France (Suzuki) 10-8-5
9. Charles LeFrancois, France (Suzuki) 8-9-9
10. Christophe Martin, France (Honda) 15-10-8