What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Who is(are) your rider(s)?
Ryder Lenhart #94 (Mo State #1 Super Mini / #2 School Boy), Hoosier Arenacross National #1 Super Mini and #1 School Boy.
How long have you been a moto dad?
Ryder started racing moto in 2010. Prior to this was BMX dad and baseball dad…
Were you into motorcycles before becoming a moto dad?
I have been riding and racing on and off since I was in my early teens. In my later years, I was pretty successful racing Harescrambles well into my 40’s in the Vet Advanced class. In 2018, I suffered a major break of my tibia plateau that required three surgeries and a lot of titanium. This ordeal forced my retirement from riding and full-time moto dad status.
Describe a typical race weekend for you.
We typically prep bikes on Wednesday for Arenacross racing. Prep truck and trailer for travel on Thursday evenings. Race Friday / Saturday, unload and teardown Sunday. Bikes get cleaned and maintained on Monday / Tuesday. Outdoors gives us an extra day or so because we are racing on Friday and Saturday, nor is travel typically as far.
What’s your family’s favorite meal to have at the track?
Our favorite meal varies but it usually chicken and pasta or spaghetti. Everything in between is Ryno Power for Ryder…
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions while spectating?
Not really, the older Ryder gets and the more he trains and races the less I worry about him making a big mistake. Accidents happen and you are always worried about the unforeseen but I can’t let my son see that worry.
Most nerve-wracking moment watching your kid(s) race/ride?
Probably Junior Moto X. He was fast enough to deserve to be there but also slow enough to be right in the middle of chaos. The speeds that the kids were carrying and the tight confines had me holding my breath every moto.
Favorite part about spending time at the track?
This is a long list…spending time with my son doing what he loves – WE love. The competition, the moto friends, even the heartaches when he doesn’t have the best day. We both learn from these days and it makes us better down the road.
Favorite and least favorite part about traveling to the races?
Loading and unloading, then reloading and unloading. Then cleaning and re-cleaning, etc…
Craziest travel story?
Having three flat tires, a blown power steering belt, and a dislocated shoulder all in one trip to Cooperland. We must never speak of this story again…
Most important lesson motocross teaches at a young age?
Never give up, never give in. Nothing replaces hard work and determination. That said, if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth it.
Biggest sacrifice you’ve had to make for amateur motocross?
ime away from family and friends who don’t live the moto lifestyle. They don’t really understand it and I don’t care to justify it to them.
Proudest moment of your career as a moto dad thus far?
Every time he comes off the track with his face covered in dirt and sweat and a huge smile. That said when Ryder won both the Super Mini and School Boy National Championships in the Hoosier Arenacross series. He jumped off his bike, ran up to me and yelled “WE DID IT!” This along with a huge hug (from a teenager) is a rare moment and one I won’t forget.
What’s your favorite track?
This is a tough one. We have so many that are a lot of fun and run by outstanding people. I would have to say Midwest Extreme Park, Millville, Challenge Trax, Oak Ridge MX are all at the top of the list.
Who is your favorite pro racer (past or present)?
James Stewart, Rick Johnson (my era), and Cooper Webb. My son would pick #94 Ken Roczen.
What is your favorite type of music?
What hobbies do you have away from motorcycles?
I have been into and built many cool cars over the years. This would be about it.
What is your beverage of choice?
Arnold Palmer (I’m soft, I know…)
Any advice for the moto dads of the future?
It’s not about you or how much you spend. Keep it fun above all else, because it can go away in an instant for a million different reasons.