South County boy recovers from crash to grab checkered flag
August 14, 2009
Sunday didn’t get off to the best of starts for C.J. Weaver at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The south county Supermoto rider crashed during his first heat race of the day, leaving him a bit a dazed but not daunted.
“After I crashed, they did the whole ‘follow my finger’ thing to make sure I didn’t have a concussion,” said the 16-year-old Weaver.
Cleared to race, Weaver didn’t waste his second chance.
Despite starting from dead last in the 250 cc main event, Weaver weaved his way from the back of the back to finish fifth out of the 12 riders on the track.
But he wasn’t done.
Weaver then climbed back on the bike and took sixth place in his heat qualifier of the 400 amateur class, before racing to second place in the feature.
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In the intermediate class, he rode his Honda 250 to fourth in his heat race, before beating the entire field – against riders as old as 30, who were saddled up on 450 cc bikes – to the finish line in the main event for the checkered flag.
“He got into second for two laps and then made an incredible move on a right hairpin turn, taking the inside line,” said Weaver’s father, Jeff. “He just took that race from there, ending up winning by three seconds.
“It was a pretty nice end to the weekend for C.J.”
Though he still had his senses about him after his crash, Weaver wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to continue competing as he discovered the wreck left a large gash in his back tire, which are provided by his sponsor, Lifetime Adoption out of Penn Valley.
“After the crash, I thought I’d just race to get some (Supermoto series) points and maybe get on the podium,” he said. “But after I got second in the (amateur) heat, I was pumped and all that adrenaline got me through.”
It was the third time Weaver had raced Infineon this year, as part of the 2009 Supermoto USA NorCal Series. He also crashed during one of his two previous runs in Sonoma, but he wasn’t able to continue competing that day. Fortunately for his points title chase, he was able to get back in the saddle again Sunday. Instead of leaving the track with no points, he put a win on the board.
“With the series you get one throw-out race,” he said. “And I already had that with the first time I crashed there.”
He’ll be back in action Aug. 23 at Prairie City near Folsom, followed by a run at the Vet Nationals at Reno Fernley Raceway on Aug. 29-30.
For more information on the Supermoto series, visit the Web site http://www.supermotousa.com
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