With April now upon us, we’re sure everyone is hitting the track to ride. It’s also time to celebrate Easter and sit down with Ryan Lockhart to ask him some more questions about current topics in our sport. As you know, Ryan has been in this industry for over twenty years and during that time he’s been a rider, a mechanic, a riding coach, and most recently the Brand Manager over at Matrix Concepts Canada. Ryan knows a lot about a lot of things and he’s always a great guy to talk to. Here are this week’s 3 Q’s with Ryan Lockhart presented by Matrix Concepts Canada.
MXP: Hey Newf! The first question this week. With a long weekend coming up, what are your plans?
RL: I’m looking forward to the weekend that’s for sure. This weekend I’m loading up the family and heading to Kamloop’s for a much-needed weekend of riding and camping. The weather is looking great and it’s always a treat to ride the Whispering Pines track. We have been riding here and there but it will be nice to set up in one place and get some good quality seat time in for Meston and me. My wife Randi is also looking forward to getting out of the house so it should be a good weekend all around.
MXP: With Social Media now we get to see short clips of almost every rider doing laps at various tracks in Canada. Of the young BC pro riders, which one impresses you the most right now?
RL: For BC guys we have quite a few that have been grinding it out. We have Jacob Piccolo and Daniel Elmore at ClubMX right now training hard. I think there is no question that Piccolo has been flying while getting to ride with Phil Nicoletti and Dylan Wright. Then you have Julian Benek and Parker Eales pounding laps on our BC tracks and at times even in gravel pits, which I always respect. Parker gets my nod as someone who stands out as he works a full-time job and still finds the time to ride and train and the guy keeps getting better and better. He had a great season last year and I think he will improve those results this year. Anyway, I tip my hat to all the riders, pro or amateur who took the chance of crossing the border to train down south or have toughed it out during the winter in Canada. Good things come to those who work hard!
MXP: Going back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, what was your favourite National track and what made you like it so much?
There are a few tracks that I was always a fan of. RJ’s in Barrie, ON was a cool and fun track, Riverglade of course, but I will have to go with Deschambault in Quebec. I won a National moto there in 2003 so I obviously like the track. But I always seemed to do well there whether it be at the National in 2003 and 2004, or when I’d go there for Quebec Provincials. I always like the soil and the layout and things seemed to click for me. Actually, do any of the track layouts at the Riviere Du Loup AX count because I always did well there (laughs).