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250 Words: San Diego

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Two things happened last Saturday night after the checkered flag inside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego: First, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer was enthusiastically celebrating his fourth win in five rounds of Lites West racing, and second, Weimer was being booed.

  • Trey Canard (38) got another holeshot in San Diego, but a fall later on the first lap cost him a chance at the win. Still, he powered back through the pack for sixth.
  • Later in the race, Jake Weimer (12) had to deal with Max Anstie (48), who was about to pass Weimer before getting balked by lapper Jeff Alessi.
  • Wil Hahn (49) chased his teammate Cole Seely (200) for most of the main, but Seely held him off. They finished second and third with the help of an Anstie fall on the final lap.
  • Broc Tickle came from way back for fifth, just behind his teammate Anstie.
Now, it wasn’t a majority of the crowd, and actually Weimer said he didn’t even hear it, but it was likely rooted in the idea that Weimer took out GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard to win the event. The thing is, though, that he didn’t. Yes, the two were side-by-side going into a tricky right-hand 180, and Weimer was on the inside, but Canard went down on his own.

So, while it’s true that the fans were deprived of what would’ve probably been an absolutely great race, it wasn’t Weimer’s fault. When getting his Spike Holeshot check on the podium, Canard even took full credit for the fall, saying that he should’ve not pushed so hard into the turn to hold the spot, and should’ve dropped in behind Weimer and chased him around for a bit.

But is that the real reason Weimer was being booed? Or is he already at the point where the fans don’t like him winning so much, or seemingly so easily?

Because while people do love a winner, they love the underdog, too, and right now, that’s definitely not Jake Weimer. With four wins and a second place, and five heat-race wins, Weimer now carries a 26-point lead into Anaheim III before the series goes on break. Those are Ryan Villopoto, or even James Stewart, numbers.
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