We have now reached the middle of April and hopefully, your 2021 riding season is off to a solid start. We have also reached that time in the week when we 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: Well, let’s start with Supercross and the crash seen around the world. We know you’ve witnessed some crazy crashes in your day. However, was McAdoo’s not one of the worst you’ve ever witnessed. That could’ve been a career-ending and life-altering crash. What are your thoughts on his crash as well as lining up after the crash and finishing third?
RL: That crash had all the ingredients to be a life-changing crash that’s for sure. It was spectacular no question. For one, I think he was super lucky in the sense that if that had been into a face of a triple jump that is much more steep things could have been much worst. Secondly, I think this goes to show everyone the level of fitness these athletes have to be able to get up after something like that. Cameron is an absolute hero for lining back up, but I don’t agree with that rule. If you cause a red flag you shouldn’t be allowed to restart, whether the race is two laps in or ten laps in. Now I understand that there are some grey areas here with the rules and also where he was on the track. I’m sure the officials didn’t feel like they could get him down off of the bridge safely with the race going on. I think if he wasn’t up there they wouldn’t have red-flagged the race and then even if he did rejoin the race at that point, he would’ve been two laps down. So they brought out the red flag, he’s allowed to restart and he gets a podium. Like I said, hero ride and all the respect in the world to him, but it’s not right in my eyes.
MXP: We’ve been talking a lot about Ken Roczen and his lack of urgency in recent weeks. However, Tuesday night he was on a different level while Cooper Webb appeared to struggle. Can you explain this at all?
I don’t think anybody can explain Ken at this point. It’s crazy that we probably wrote him off for the championship after being invisible last Saturday and then he comes out and completely dominates. It just goes to show how mental it is with these guys. When they have a certain feeling they just take off and go. It was clear to see that Cooper was not feeling it, especially in the first few laps as he was going backwards fast. However, after about Lap 3, he started to look better and quickly found his flow. I’m sure Barcia isn’t going to be on his Christmas list but whatever that’s racing. Roczen made up a lot of points and if he wins tomorrow night then the final two races in SLC are going to be fun to watch.
MXP: Let’s talk BC motocross and the upcoming Future West Series. I know we’re still a few weeks away from the opening round but how are things looking at this point?
Well it’s not looking good. As of today, we’re not racing which is a real bummer. I thought that this summer was going to look a lot better than last but that sure doesn’t seem to be the case right now. We have to revisit the situation on the 19th when the current health orders for BC are up, but I’m not overly confident that anything is going to change. I have a feeling we will be looking at a mid to late June start which isn’t the end of the world. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I’m tired of this and I just want things to improve right across the Country.