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

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

MXP: Hey Newf! We hope you had a great 40th birthday this week. We’re several rounds into the Future West MX Series in BC. Overall, how have the events been so far, and do you expect a large contingent of BC riders to travel east in June for the WCAN? 

RL: Everything has been going very well. We have been clicking them off, and we’ve been treated to some great weather and tracks so far. Our entries have been the best we have ever seen, so that’s been a positive, and we have seen some great racing in all the classes. Motocross in BC is healthy. Our BC riders are not afraid of traveling, so I think we’ll definitely see a very strong showing at the WCAN. The WCAN will be huge this year, as it will be a little more central for Saskatchewan and Manitoba riders to attend.

Newf is picking Levi Kitchen to win the 250SX West title this weekend in SLC.

MXP: After what feels like an eternity, we’ve finally arrived at the grand finale of the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Series. The 250SX West Series is a nail-biter, with Levi Kitchen and RJ Hampshire locked in a fierce battle. Who’s your pick for the title? And what are some of the standout moments for you in this year’s series?

RL: This 250 championship is going to have us all very excited. Honestly, I can’t really pick as I feel both riders are very close in speed. Levi is a little better and more consistent with his starts as of late, and with this being an east-west showdown, the start is going to be so important. If I had to pick, I would go with Levi for the championship, but it will be close. As far as highlights, I have to go with Ken Roczen getting a win. I like that he can still click at least one off even though his bike has a kickstarter. 

It’s great to see what Cole Thompson has done in the past few seasons. Newf hopes he can keep it going. Photo by Matt Wellumson

MXP: This is the final question this week. What are your thoughts on Cole Thompson’s SX season and the fact that he’s still out there doing it? Although there have been times when he hasn’t been a fan favourite here in Canada, no one can deny that for the past few seasons; he’s been on a solid team and making a living racing SX. Isn’t that every Canadian kid’s dream?

RL: Yes, I agree with what you’re saying. At times, Cole hasn’t been the most popular rider, but I do respect his willingness to keep grinding and producing the results. It does get overshadowed, but no matter how you look at it, he’s a top 10 Supercross rider and one of the best Canada has ever produced. Hats off to Cole, and I hope he keeps it going. 

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