Although he hadn’t raced since 2018, Weston Peick had yet to officially announce his retirement from racing. That changed yesterday, as the California native announced he would be retiring from racing in a video produced by longtime sponsor Fly Racing.
Weston has spent the better part of two years recovering from a crash at the Paris SX in 2018, where he sustained “no less” than ten significant facial fractures. He’s undergone multiple surgeries but still hasn’t regained eyesight in one eye.
“Your face is crushed, can’t see out of one eye, leg is jacked up, you can’t talk, you’re in a foreign country and there’s a language barrier,” he says of his hospital time. “You’re writing on pen and paper just to tell people how you’re feeling. It’s crazy to think that three days earlier I was in California training for the 2019 season, and then I have a career-ending injury.
“I’m trying my best, I’m seeing doctors, I’m doing everything I can do to regain the vision that I lost. There were a lot of dead ends. This year, I was kind of at that turning point where I was like, ‘I don’t think it’s going to get any better with my eye. I can only do what I can do, and it’s time to move on with my life.’ I will be retiring, and I will be done racing motorcycles professionally, and I will start a new chapter in my life.”
Peick, who began his pro career in 2009, is one of the better stories in professional supercross/motocross. He spent much of his career as a privateer, struggling to compete against the factory teams. He finally landed a fill-in ride at RCH Racing Suzuki and made the most of it, landing a full deal with JGR (Yamaha) team at the time.
Peick landed on the podium twice in his career (both in supercross) and leaves the sport as one of the scariest dudes in the pits (and one of the nicest). Congrats on a great career!