MXP: Hey Newf! Or should I call you champ? It’s been a while since you’ve won a pro title, but last weekend in Rimbey, you were able to get the job done. How was your weekend in Alberta?
RL: Well, thank you. Honestly, it was a great two weekends in Rimbey. Todd McBride and Les Nemeth did a fantastic job, and regardless of my result, it ranks up there with some of the best AX races I have been to. The town embraced it. The riders supported it, and it was a success. It’s been a long time since I have been to a race where there was not one complaint. It’s too bad the pro turnout wasn’t the best, but it is what it is. If you want to make money, you need to show up. End of story! I had a great two weekends, and I have to give a big thanks to all the riders who attended my schools and Dale Hiebert for the use of his bike and him being my mechanic.
MXP: Next weekend, you head to Texas, and your son Meston will compete in the KSJC race. You guys must be excited.
RL: It’s all become very real for Meston. Every night before bed, he asks me when we are going to Texas. I mean, of course, I’m excited, but as I have said before, I really want him to be in the mindset that he’s able to take this all in. It’s the chance of a lifetime; regardless of the results, it’s all about the memories. Also, I’m ready for some Texas steak and beers!
MXP: Let’s talk about the Tampa Supercross. We saw some late lead changes in both main events. What are your thoughts on Chase Sexton and some of the mistakes he seems to make late in races while leading?
RL: The question is, does Sexton make this mistake if he didn’t have the pressure from Webb? I don’t think he does. It has to be frustrating for Chase as he’s been fastest in almost every practice and qualifying session, but then when it comes to the main event, Eli and Cooper have been able to show the cards that they don’t show all day, which leads to a mental game. Either way, this whole thing is shaping up great, but Chase will figure it out, and when he does, he’ll be tough to beat.