Springhill’s Ryan Lockhart (centre, No 1) accepts congratulations on the podium after finishing first in the plus-25 division.
WALTON, ONT. – Springhill’s Ryan Lockhart is the Plus-25 Canadian Motocross Championship after winning all three of his moto’s at the Canadian Motocross Championships in Walton, Ontario last weekend.
He won his moto’s quite handily.
“I came in prepared so it was a pretty easy week for me to be honest with you,” said Lockhart. “I did lots of practice and lots of training before hand to make sure I was prepared. I did lots of riding.”
Lockhart lives in Langley, B.C. and said this will be his last race of the summer and will return to Walton next year.
“I plan on doing the age class stuff at Walton for the next little while,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and keeps me competitive even though it’s not in the pro ranks.”
Lockhart races in, and helps run, the Josh Damery Memorial Motocross in Springhill. He hopes to be back in 2014.
“It’s good for the town of Springhill,” said Lockhart. “I hope it’s something the town continues to support because it draws people in and gives people something to look forward to.”
Lockhart’s been racing since he was seven year’s old.
He took up the sport because his dad, Scott, raced motocross as well.
“He’s my number one supporter and he still pushes me, not like he used to, but he’s my number one fan. That always feels good,” said Lockhart.
Lockhart says it takes more than talent to succeed at motocross, you also have to be willing to make sacrifices.
“The experience and being able to have the opportunity to race in different places gives you the upper edge,” said Lockhart. “But talent plays a huge role. Some people have it and some people don’t.
“But it’s also about how hard you’re willing to work. It takes a lot of time and commitment.”
Lockhart has worked and lived in Langley for two-and-a-half years.
“I’m pretty much a fulltime resident.”
He said he doesn’t miss the cold and snow in Springhill but he does miss the people.
“It’s definitely different going home and everybody waves to everybody. Out here it’s different,” he said.