Brothers Ryan and Brad Lockhart, of Springhill, look over their bikes outside the Tantramar Civic Centre in Sackville. The accomplished racers kicked off their season over the weekend. Hannah Morton - Amherst Daily News
SACKVILLE - The Tantramar Regional Civic Centre held one the first motocross races of the year over the weekend.
The indoor event saw riders from all different levels competing, including pro racer Ryan Lockhart and his up and coming brother, Brad, both of Springhill.
"It's nice to be racing close to home. Hopefully we can put on a good show and make it an annual event," said Ryan.
Ryan, who finished ninth in Canada last year, hopes to finish in the top three at the Canadian National Championships this summer. He will be trying to rack up points at races across Canada until then.
He recently signed with Toys For Big Boys in Moncton and rides for KTM.
Ryan's younger brother, Brad, is also sponsored (by G-Bourque and Kawasaki).
Brad has been riding since the age of four. Combined they have almost 20 years of riding experience.
"I like racing because it's fun, it's a good way to stay out of trouble too," said Brad.
Last year, Brad won the MX1 Jr. class and came second in the MX2 Jr. class. He also placed ninth at the Walton TransCan National Championships, in Walton, Ont.
"My goal is to win the intermediate class this year," said Brad.
The brothers will compete in the first points race of the year on May 4 in Clyde River, N.S.
Other riders from Cumberland County who competed in the Sackville event included Dave Atkinson, of Canning, who placed 1st in the +25 class and 10th in the pro am main event.
Thomas Dickson and Tyler Arsenault, of Amherst, both qualified for the main event races in the MX1 Jr. and beginner classes.