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Pre Oceania hype with Californian pro Timmy Weigand

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Timmy Weigand is currently preparing to return down under for the 3rd time this year. He is currently undefeated in Australia and looking to turn a few more heads on the east coast. I gave him a call to see how his preparations are going and to ask a few questions. Hi Timmy thanks for answering a few questions. How have you been keeping busy for the last few weeks leading up to the Oceania MX Championships in Barrabool Australia? I have been training pretty hard off the bike, either running or road biking getting ready for the upcoming season. I've been doing a little riding but not as much as I would like. All my time lately has been directed towards finding a ride for next year. On the phone constantly, stressed out. So how is the silly season going for you right now? Still looking for that team ride? It is going, but like a roller coaster, up and down. You know it is just that time of year. There was a lot of talk on the internet about Pastrana and Deegan in the 24hr race in California a few weeks ago. How did that go for you and who were your team mates for that race. My team mates were Andrew Short, Jeff Northroup, and Terry Fowler. Our team was the strongest out there for sure. We took the lead about an hour and a half into the race. Over the next two hours we build a six minute lead. So we were feeling pretty good. Then Fowler never came around. The rear hub broke while he was on the ridge of the course. He decided to billy goat down the side of the mountain. He got half way down before it turned into a 20 foot cliff. It took two hours to get the bike back and fixed. So we were now like 8 laps off the lead. We still managed to finish third. Has recently getting married changed anything for you, your outlook on racing? It's great! Life isn't that different being married really though. It's just on paper now and I wear a ring. What AMA races are you likely to attend for 06? As of right now that is yet to be determined. I don't really know what to expect for 2006, I hope to do the whole season but I am not sure if that will work out. You have a new number for 06, Number 68! Did you get attached to your familiar 59 of 05? Are you superstitious at all with your race number or is it no big deal what number you run? I didn't really get attached to 59 but it would have been nice to stay in the 50s. I have been in the 50s the last two years. Number 68 looks cool though, I guess. As far as being superstitious‰Û_I don't know. I won't race with number 6 but besides that I'm not superstitious. What are your goals for the Barrabool race? I just want to ride consistent, have a good time and finish on the podium. How will it feel to race against Josh Coppins and Craig Anderson amongst the many other fast riders down under? It should be good racing, with tough competition. It's just like racing anybody else, you go out there with one objective‰Û_.to go as fast as you can! Thank for talking with me Timmy. We all look forward to you arriving in Melbourne, Australia in less than one week from now. I can't wait! I would like thank all my friends down under for being so supportive and hospitable. I really look forward to racing in Australia and I always have such a good time. I also want to thank Bloodshot Inc, LJ Hooker and Honda Australia. Mikado Propellers, www.eastcoast50s.com.au, Factory Effex, Renthal, UFO, Bridgestone, harding.com.au and Pro Circuit for making my trip possible. Main Photo: Weigand's race bike, stickered up and ready to go.

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