When the gate drops on January 9th, one of the sport’s veterans will not be on the line. Nick Wey announced his retirement via an Instagram post early Tuesday evening by saying…
“I’m not a good quitter. So I’m going to just say it before I change my mind.. I am not going to be racing full time in 2016. I’m a bit reluctant to say I’m retired because I will ride and occasionally race the rest of my life.
This picture was from one of my best days as a professional. I led briefly and held second to James Stewart for nearly ten laps. Chad eventually passed me but I finished third that night in Anaheim. I had an injury that required surgery the next weekend and this was my last podium finish.
I had plenty of good races and a win in the Lites class but I had always wanted to race with the best. This night ended up being my most competitive run at a win. I have had some great races since but the feeling I had that night at Anaheim is what kept me fighting to get back to. I have so much respect for all of the guys I raced against. I love the long days at the track and training. I’m thankful for every sponsor that dropped me, every crash and surgery. Those tough times are going to help me teach my kids to be strong and appreciative. The great people I have met during my career, I will be forever thankful for. Every team owner, team manager, mechanic, and sponsor that has supported me over the years, thank you.
Wey rode for a number of elite teams during his nineteen year career and was a part of the sport’s evolution, including the transition from two-strokes to four-strokes and change in riding styles. Despite the many differences, Wey remained a consistent finisher in the front of the field and his colorful personality helped him become a favorite with fans.
Congrats on an amazing career, NYK!