A dramatic late development on the final day of the 2012 Supercross Paris-Bercy was still not enough to deter Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer from a place in the record books as the winner of the 30th edition of this famous event.
The American was holding a safe second position with just two of the fifteen laps remaining when he slipped off his distinctive green KX450F and had to quickly remount behind Justin Brayton. The former AMA Lites Champ then had to scurry to overtake his countryman in order to make sure Eli Tomac didn’t snare the crown in the closing stages of the sell-out racing extravaganza. Weimer hustled and bustled and found a gap to resume second spot on the last circle of the Omnisports Palais layout and sealed the deal.
Weimer picked up his trophy and joined a roll call of greats such as Bailey, O’Mara, Johnson, Stanton, McGrath and Bayle to name but a few in just his second attempt at Europe’s biggest and loudest supercross party. “I made it tough on myself but I wasn’t surprised because I was pretty nervous about today,” he said. “It was important for me to wrap it up so all day I kinda rode a bit cautious and tight. I’m glad I got it done!”
“The three nights here are nerve-wracking. 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 is a 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,” he added. “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.”
Tomac ended the weekend with the race victory he had been threatening to post throughout the three evenings and filled the second step of the overall podium, just one point behind Weimer. Brayton was third as French star Christophe Pourcel missed Sunday’s proceedings after needing an op on a damaged spleen Saturday night.