Well, after a busy summer of racing and travelling, we finally tracked down Ryan Lockhart to ask him some more important and entertaining questions. As most of 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, not sure what restrictions are still in place for BC. But what are you and the family up to for Thanksgiving weekend?
RL: We actually jumped into the truck yesterday and headed to Calgary for the weekend. My wife Randi has some family here and the weather is looking better here in Calgary than at home in BC. Our first two rounds of AX are next weekend so it will be good for Meston and me to get in some riding before next weekend.
Dylan Wright announced on Wednesday evening that he’s heading back to Europe to race his GDR Honda in the final MXGP rounds. Two questions for you. First, how do you see him doing, and also, have we seen the last of Dylan Wright in Canada for a while?
Well first of all this is so awesome!!! There is no question that the GP’s have the deepest field and is stacked back to 20th. I think with some decent starts he’s capable of finishing inside the Top 10 or close to it. I mean what an opportunity for Dylan to showcase his talents on the world stage. Also, good on the GDR team for making it happen and giving him the best chance to succeed with his own equipment. You never know what it could lead to but one thing I do know is Dylan is loyal so whatever happens, Dylan will do it professionally.
In the USA there have been some musical chairs with riders switching teams for 2022. Do you see Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac winning races next season on their new bikes?
Yes, absolutely I do. Both Tomac and Anderson have been with their teams forever and it was time for a change. You know what it’s like when you switch things up in your program after such a long run of doing the same old thing, riding the same bike. Both of these guys needed a change and I’m sure they will be ready to roll come January.