Tim Weigand's arrival on the Off-Road racing scene fulfills the overall direction of the Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) team for 2008: sign up riders who are fit, talented and hungry--then infuse them with desert racing discipline. And then turn them loose on Honda CRF450 race bikes, the most potent Off-Road racing machine ever made.
Following a successful stint in BMX racing, Weigand's first motorcycle race came relatively late in life at the age of 18 in 1998 when he competed in the 125 beginner class at Perris Raceway. In just three years he was ready for Supercross but suffered a broken collarbone just before the 2002 season opener in Anaheim. The up-and-coming privateer campaigned a number of four-stoke nationals later that year and ran consistently in the AMA outdoor nationals over the next two seasons, finishing 22nd overall in the 2004 AMA Motocross Lites series. In 2005, he finished sixth in the AMA Lites Supercross race at Anaheim 3 and 11th overall at the Washougal MX National in the Lites class.
It was while racing in Australia later that year that he would make his mark, collecting the King of Cross title and first overall in the Manjimup Pro Open.
Injuries kept him out of the 2006 AMA season but in 2007 he returned to Australia and finished fourth overall in the Australian Supercross Pro Championship. Racing the desert for the first time in 2008, Weigand is competing in WORCS (World Off Road Championship Series) events and teamed up with JCR team rider Caleb Gosselaar in the SCORE Baja 250 and 500 races. Weigand's motocross background has prepared him well for the rigors of Off-road racing and he likes his chances in both series.
"They are really two totally different styles of racing. WORCS is more of a long motocross race. It has Some Off-Road to it, but the pace and intensity is very much like motocross. It doesn't have the high speed stuff that you would find at a Baja-style race. With WORCS racing, I have the same approach I would have for a motocross race--that is, to be aggressive and intense the whole race.
"In SCORE racing, Baja is wide-open, iron-man stuff. You have to ride within your limits, stay smooth and limit your mistakes. You are riding a long distance over varying terrain, and you have to know when to conserve energy and when to be aggressive. It takes a lot of wisdom and preparation."
Weigand's CRF450R and CRF450X make the job easier. "My race bikes are awesome. You can't ever go wrong riding a Honda, they are the easiest, most complete 450s out there. My bike is pretty much stock, all that has been done are the usual mods most people do to their personal bikes: Precision Concepts suspension, Renthal twin-wall bars and sprockets, BRP triple clamps, IMS foot pegs, Works Connection clutch perch, Pro Circuit exhaust, and a Hinson clutch assembly."
Now age 29, with both privateer and factory-support experience, Weigand understands what it means to join JCR. "It has been a long journey for me through the years trying to make it onto a team of this stature. My hard work has finally paid off. The best part is I have a great mentor in Johnny Campbell. It is awesome to have him there with me to help guide me and teach me the ropes."
Presenting Timmy Weigand, former BMZ racer and current JCR Honda CRF450R/X ace.
Weigand has already struck gold this season, winning the SCORE San Felipe 250
"My race bikes are awesome," says Timmy of his CRF450R and CRF450X. "You can't ever go wrong riding a Honda."
"The best part is I have a mentor in Johnny Campbell," says Weigand of the team honcho. "It is awesome to have him there to guide me."
"You have to know when to conserve energy and when to be aggressive," Timmy says of desert racing in the SCORE Series.
"It has been a long journey for me to make it to a team of this stature," relates the 29-year-old. "My hard work has finally paid off."
- 1st SCORE San Felipe 250
- 2nd Mammoth MX
- 3rd Score Baja 250
- 7th Score Baja 500
- 2nd SCORE Baja 1000
- 1st 24hours of Glen Helen
- 4th overall, Australian Supercross Pro Lites Championship
- 20th overall, AMA 125 Supercross West
- Australian Manjimup Pro Open, 1st overall
- Australia King of Cross Champion
- 22nd overall, AMA 125 Motocross
- 25th overall, AMA 125 Motocross