MXP: Hey Newf! One other stable spherical of the 2023 Monster Power Supercross Sequence occurred this previous weekend in Atlanta. First, did you just like the monitor and the truth that Spherical 13 was a day race?
RL: I didn’t get an opportunity to look at or comply with alongside an excessive amount of this previous weekend as I used to be up in Kelowna doing a little driving, however from the way it regarded and what I heard from rider feedback, the monitor regarded enjoyable. These speedway races actually don’t produce good racing for no matter cause. There at all times appears to be a whole lot of separation, even inside the high 5, and that isn’t at all times entertaining to look at. I’m certain the riders don’t thoughts that, nevertheless it’s not nice for the followers. So far as it being a daytime race, I don’t thoughts because it mixes it up, however I feel you’ll agree it doesn’t have the identical really feel as an evening race. It lacks the lights and vibe. Additionally, if you happen to regarded on the followers within the stands, it was a bit weak in comparison with the earlier 12 rounds.
MXP: It was good to see Sexton lastly maintain on for a win, as throughout a number of rounds this 12 months, he’s been main however has then made an enormous mistake. Factors-wise, Sexton is again in it now. Do you see him making a run, or is that this nonetheless the Tomac/Webb present?
RL: Effectively, this contradicts what I mentioned final week, however sure, Sexton will not be out of this factor. For those who had requested me final week if Eli or Cooper would end off the rostrum within the remaining rounds, I’d have mentioned it was extremely unlikely. Chase mentioned it finest within the post-race convention that he thinks that Eli and Cooper are solely worrying about one another, and that’s why you noticed them 20 seconds again of a podium place. I imply Chase will want some luck to go on a streak of wins to drag nearer; from what we have now seen to date this 12 months, he can’t again up a win with extra wins, however there isn’t any query that he has the pace to do it. Issues are going to get actually good right here over the following few weeks because the Monster Power Supercross Sequence enters its remaining 4 rounds.
MXP: Okay, the second racers in BC have been ready for has lastly arrived. The Future West MX Championships kick off this weekend in Kelowna. How are issues trying, and what do individuals have to know heading into the opening spherical?
RL: Sure, Spherical 1 has come. The climate is trying nice, fortunately. I used to be up in Kelowna final weekend getting in some driving, and the monitor is in good condition. I’m hopeful that it will likely be a superb weekend of racing and that the turnout will probably be massive. My solely suggestion to anybody studying this who plans to attend the race is to get there as quickly because the gates open at midday on Friday. Parking goes to be tight as I’m predicting 450-plus entries. Full gates are what we wish, and I feel we’re going to see it this weekend.