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

It’s been a very entertaining 2022 Future West AX Championships. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: Hey Newf! How is everything looking as we head into the final weekend of the 2022 Future West AX Championships and are you happy with how the series has gone thus far?

RL: Yes for the most part everything has been going good. Since September the world has faded out of that Covid phase where people were just doing everything and anything as far as spending money. It seems that people are being a little more cautious as far as spending and that has hurt the overall entries of the event and I totally get it. It’s expensive to go racing and plain and simple expensive to live right now. Saturday night we had the largest spectator turnout since before Covid so that was exciting and the racing has been great from 50cc class to Pro class. We’ll get through this final weekend and then we’ll start thinking of ways to grow for 2023. That is the plan and I’d like to thank all of the riders and their families for helping to make this a great 2022 Future West AX Series. 

The racing was great last weekend in Chilliwack and now the riders are ready for the final round. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: We heard there were some discussions regarding track changes and whether they should’ve been done or not. From your perspective what was the issue or issues with the track?

RL: The track itself was fun and had a great flow. There was no question that it was a little more technical than previous tracks but it had different options for all levels of riders. There were no injuries throughout the weekend and that tells me the track was safe. It did have a big set of whoops that we did mellow out during Friday practice but it actually ended up making them harder as all the amateur riders started jumping through them which made them sharp. A few of the pro guys were skimming them without issue, however, the rest were struggling as the section was long and sharp. Some of the pro riders decided not to race as they felt the whoop section needed to be changed and while I respected their decision I honestly didn’t understand it. I have been there and I know the feeling of not being comfortable, but I feel that you should be able to get through the weekend. As I said, if it was dangerous and we had crash after crash then yes we have a problem, but that wasn’t the case. We at Future West always try and make safe tracks but at the same time, we want them to be challenging also. I’d like to think that is one of the reasons why this province has produced some of the best indoor riders the country has ever seen. Over the years this series has given western riders a platform to work on their indoor skills which in turn has made them much better riders overall. This is a special series and I’m proud of what we’re doing. 

Jacob Piccolo looked good this past weekend on his new GDR Honda. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: We’ll end this week on a lighter note. You were able to watch Jacob Piccolo race his first event on his new GDR Honda, how did our 2021 250 Champ look on a red bike?

RL: It was awesome that Jake came out to race and he will be back this weekend as well. He looks great and looks to be happy and feeling fresh which I believe he was missing last summer. It’s different seeing him on a Honda and he has even changed his style a bit to adapt to his new bike. But he got faster every time he went out on the track and like always he was exciting to watch. The GDR program is going to be a big help with his future as he still has a lot to learn, but his attitude is in the right place and I think it’s going to be a great 2023 season for Jake.

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