MXP: You raced the Massive Kahuna race at Whispering Pines Raceway final weekend. We heard it was a unbelievable occasion. How was it out of your perspective?
RL: It was an unimaginable occasion with 580 particular person riders, which is the largest turnout they’ve ever had. In 2022 they’d 460 riders, and I’m not going to lie, in 2022, it was a little bit of a gong present. They have been overwhelmed, however I’ll say they tightened issues up for 2023 and killed it. It was very properly organized and made it enjoyable for the youngsters to the professionals. I’m unsure who has enjoyable on the two-hour mark of using a mud bike, however folks preserve coming again. Total they did a superb job. The course bought actually robust, and the very best rose to the highest. It was nice to see Tyler Medaglia killing it on the market and the remainder of the Moto guys doing properly, corresponding to Parker Eales, Blake Davies, Davey Fraser, Brock Hoyer, and so forth.
MXP: The Glendale SX was one other nice race with three thrilling principal occasions within the 450SX class. In the long run, Eli Tomac grabbed the general win and took sole possession of the crimson plates. What are your ideas on Tomac’s efficiency in Arizona?
RL: Sure, I imply Eli pulls by means of when the stress is on. What else are you able to say? Truthfully, I believe this race was a giant assertion for Eli to carry onto this factor. Cooper Webb appears to battle with the harder-packed monitor, and should you take a look at what rounds are left, the tracks will likely be extra in Eli’s favour. Something can occur, however Tomac has appeared to shake the neck damage he claimed to have and is again to his early-season self. Should you had requested me three weeks in the past, I felt like Webb had momentum on his aspect, however that modified this previous weekend.
MXP: The Future West MX Championships opening spherical is subsequent weekend in Kelowna. It’s nonetheless over per week away, however how are issues in search of Spherical 1?
RL: Properly, it was an enormous bummer that we needed to cancel our occasion at Mission Raceway, which was imagined to be our Spherical 1, however in hindsight, it was 100% the proper factor to do. The climate they have been calling for truly occurred, and it will have been a whole catastrophe. So far as Kelowna goes, we’re all excited as many of the riders love this monitor. It’s enjoyable and quick, and the jumps make it thrilling. The climate is at all times good, and the additional two weeks gave some riders extra time to arrange. It will likely be a fantastic occasion and a strong solution to kick off our 2023 outside season.