Matrix Concepts Canada Presents 3 Q’s With Ryan Lockhart

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s almost time to sit back, relax, and in this case, ask some of our industry people a few interesting questions. This week we reached out to our readers to see if anyone had a few questions for Ryan Lockhart. 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: Let’s begin with Jess Pettis and the news that he’s out for the rest of the 250SX East Series. This is terrible news for everyone involved but especially Jess as he put in so much work over the past few months. What were your first thoughts when you heard this sad news?

RL: What a bummer. Need I say more? It’s just a complete shame that this happened to Jess. Listen, I’m not exactly sure what the deal was with his knee last summer, but clearly, he is a professional athlete and has people, along with himself that is making what they think are the best decisions for his future. The hardest part for me is it’s heartbreaking to see him and the people around him investing so much and then in an instance, bad luck strikes again. Heal up Jess!!

After watching the opening two rounds of SX, what are your thoughts on the series not starting at Angel Stadium, Jett Lawrence, and the tracks thus far?

It’s been nothing short of exciting, to say the least. For me, I don’t care where the series starts as long as it starts. Especially with everything going on these days. The 250SX East class is a little more predictable at this point, but man the 450SX class is unreal. Like, it’s impossible to sit there and predict what the podium will be. Justin Brayton wow!! Who would have thought he would get a podium in 2021? 

I’m not a huge Jett fan, the industry has made him a little cocky for my liking, but you can’t take away his raw speed and talent. I think with him getting his first win the rest of the field needs to be stressing a little. If Jett can win again on Saturday then he could go on a run. If you take a talented rider like Jett Lawrence and add in some confidence, then he could become very difficult to beat. 

As far as the tracks go, I think it’s easy for all of us to sit back and say they are too short with a 42 second lap time, but I think sometimes we forget how good all these guys are. Even the riders who aren’t making main events are so good these days. Regardless of what obstacles they put on the track, these riders are going to jump them, and that’s why they’re the best in the world. Just like RC has been saying all week on Twitter, “Stop focusing on the track and focus on how close and good the racing has been.” Wouldn’t you all agree with that?

If the Ryan Lockhart of today could tell the Ryan Lockhart of say 20 years ago, what would that be? 

Want me to type out a novel here? To be honest, there is a lot that I could of and should have done differently, but at the end of the day, I did what I wanted. What 16 year old kid doesn’t think that they know everything right? The biggest thing for me was that I never believed in myself and that was a struggle throughout my entire racing career. I needed constant reinsurance that I was riding well and that things were good. It all boils back to the harder you work the more confidence you have and that confidence should lead to success. I had talent and I thought that was enough, but it wasn’t enough, I would get beat by riders that just would work harder than me. But you know what Palms, at the end of the day I have a beautiful family and a great job so I can’t complain too much. My advice for the young generation is just to put in the work during the week and that will make the weekends a lot easier for you.