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"Dirt Rider", March 1, 2013


Jake Weimer was crowned King of Bercy for winning the overall at the Bercy Supercross near Paris.

Photo: Simon Cudby

Jake Weimer claimed the title of King of Bercy this past November at the famed Bercy Supercross, a fall favorite for American racers looking to make a little extra cash and vacation in Paris at the same time. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider went 1-1-2 over the three nights of racing en route to the title, the only drama all weekend coming when Weimer crashed with four laps to go in Sunday’s final. The crash left him in third behind Tomac and Justin Brayton, and if he stayed there, the King of Bercy title would go to Tomac. However, with two laps to go Weimer got back around Brayton to ensure the title, to the delight of thousands of screaming French fans.

“The three nights here are nerve-wracking,” Weimer said. “I knew I needed to do well on the first night to have a chance at the win. Then on the second you want to continue the roll, but coming to the third night I knew only I could blow it. It’s like a little championship. It is not easy. It’s really awesome to be the King of Bercy because all my heroes came and raced and won here. This is my second year in Paris and I had fun in ’11 but did not give myself much of a chance, but this time I wanted it. It is amazing to be able to get on the plane tomorrow knowing I have this achievement chalked off.”

In the end, it was again an all-American podium with Eli Tomac — winner of the Sunday’s final — in second position and Brayton, who was third all three nights, third overall. Cédric Soubeyras was the best non-American rider with a fourth overall, after three consistent nights and the sidelining of Kyle Chisholm due to a leg injury. Christophe Pourcel didn’t enter this third night, as the French champion underwent surgery after a crash on Saturday.

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