Peick vs. Friese. Welcome Back to Racing.
If there's a 450 rider in the professional ranks who hasn't experienced the overly-agressive tactics of Vince Friese, they should consider themselves lucky. As Jake Weimer so eloquently expressed a few weeks ago, Friese has executed what seems like thousands of take out moves on any rider in his sight.
This week, Weston Peick returned to racing only to be Friese's next subject. In practice, it seemed like the two were magnetically attracted. Although Peick went down once, he still managed to catch up to Friese, who made several other moves on him before cleaning him out. That is what Peick told Racer X, at least. Check out this week's OPEN MIC for Peick's full description of how his weekend went, including his time with Friese.
One thing led to another and, when the two went down towards the end of practice, it was the last straw for Peick. The two started throwing punches before they had to be separated by a flagger. No one's quite sure if the two got any punishment from the AMA for their actions or, if they did, what it was. But I'm sure there were at least a few riders in the 450 class secretly and silently high-fiving Peick.
This is the only video evidence of the skermish that went down between the two. I won't lie. When I was transcribing Peick's interview for Open Mic, I was imagining something a little... more. If this is really all that went down between the two, I'm disappointed. It looked more like Peick throwing the punches and Friese just trying to get back to his bike. But, there could be a lot that was missing. This could be the tail end of the fight. Either way, check it out.