MXP: Hey Newf! You have a big weekend coming up in Alberta. Please tell us what we can expect at the second annual Rimbey AX?
RL: I talked to the boys yesterday, and let me tell you, this is going to be a big weekend. There are over 370 entries, which for AX is huge. I’ve seen some pictures and it looks like they built a fun safe track, which is always a bonus. I just love how the small community of Rimbey embraces this event, and it’s too bad we don’t have more events like this across Canada. As I have said, it should be a great couple of weeks. Les Nemeth and Todd McBride have all their ducks in a row to make this bigger and better than the previous year.
MXP: This past weekend, Jett Lawrence returned to the top step of the podium at Round 5. The track looked okay, but the dirt did break down in the main events. You’ve raced the Detroit SX before; what is the dirt like, and how challenging does the track become once the ruts develop?
RL: Come on, Palms, that was 18 years ago. Do you really think I’m going to remember what the dirt was like (laughs)? The track seemed softer this year than in years past, as Detroit was earlier in the Supercross schedule for 2024. This track was also super short, so many laps were turned on Saturday night. From everything I listened to it sounded like the riders were glad to get out of there safe. It looked very sketchy watching on TV. I can’t even imagine those guys in the 450 main event having to do 28 laps. The amount of focus that takes is just something you can’t explain.
MXP: As you predicted last week, the 250SX East opening was an exciting one. Also, you said you liked Austin Forkner and how his preparation was coming into Detroit. What did you think of Forkner’s performance, and have you ever seen a first turn pile-up that bad?
RL: Forkner did exactly what he needed to do, considering how crappy his last few seasons have gone. He played it safe, rode smart, and made it through the first corner. If you look at the amount of top guys who are now going to have to dig themselves out of a hole, it’s crazy. Deegan, McAdoo, Hammaker, Vialle and the list goes on. I guess the good news for those guys is they now have a few week’s break to regroup and come back swinging when the East Coast resumes. As far as the first corner goes, we see this from time to time, but it was a short start and with the track being very start dependent, it didn’t surprise me to see a bomb go off like we did. Thankfully, everyone was okay for the most part.