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The 3 Q’s With Ryan Lockhart Presented By Matrix Concepts Canada

According to Newf, it might be awhile until we see Jacob Piccolo back in the spotlight. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: Hey Newf! Let’s start by talking about Canadian moto. We haven’t heard from Jacob Piccolo for a while. Do you know how he is doing and the timetable for him getting back on the bike?

RL: Currently, there isn’t much to report on Jake. He did end up getting the MRI done and went back to Ottawa to see a doctor. It was determined that surgery is required in order to get back to 100%. So, right now, it’s just a waiting game for him to figure out when that can happen. It’s not ideal, but it will be a while before there is a solid timeline of when we see him back.

Newf was very impressed with Tomac’s final moto win at A2. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: Last weekend, we witnessed an exciting Round 4 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Cooper Webb took the overall win without winning a main event; those wins went to Sexton, Anderson, and Tomac. Of the riders we just mentioned, which one got the biggest mental boost at A2, and who do you think will win this weekend in Detroit?

RL: That was some great racing last weekend. As a fan, you can’t ask for much more than to see three winners in three triple crown motos. I think for all three of those guys, it was huge; I mean, they all showed what they are capable of with a start. For me, Tomac’s final moto win was the most impressive because that was the first we have seen of the 2023 or 2022 Eli. Also, I’m sure doing what he did in that last moto proved to him he can still do it after that big injury and missing so much time. As far as this weekend goes, I think we’ll see Jett back on top as long as he can figure some stuff out with his starts. He was really good coming through the back at A2.

Can Austin Forkner remain healthy and challenge for the 250SX East Championship?

MXP: This weekend in the Motor City is also the opening round of the 250SX East Series. With names like Deegan, Forkner, McAdoo, and Vialle, several riders can win. Deegan has to be the favourite, although he may be more injured than he’s letting on. Who do you like in this class and why?

RL: The 250SX East is going to be good no matter what. The depth is quite a bit deeper than the West, and yes, I would agree Deegan is the favourite now. With saying that, there has been no real explanation of what exactly happened to him and the wrist injury. This bugs me about our sport; I’m not sure why these guys and teams can’t be more transparent with injuries like other professional sports. Either way, I will stick with Deegan for the winner in Detroit because I believe he has more speed than the rest of the field and always seems to perform under pressure. I’m also very high on Forkner, but I think he will play it a little safe to get through the first few rounds, as his last few years have been riddled with injury.


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