In the web business you’re always trying to get that next big article to wow your readers. Plus you want the clicks so your advertisers don’t take their money and head to some other webber. Sometimes you miss the small things when focusing on the big dogs. Matthew Davenport is not small by any means, but the kid kind of gets the shaft when it comes to Canadian media. GuaranteedMX included. When he txt’d me to touch base, and also goon me for not interviewing him, I wondered to myself why? He’s a good kid, he’s young, and he has sponsors plus is a good rider. Why no love? Well I gave him a shout to chat with him about that and many other things. Have a read from a young Canadian kid on the rise.
Gauldy: Hey Matt. What’s shaking their big fella? How were the Holidays and how has the New Year you treated thus far?
Davenport: Hey Gauldy. Ya, holiday was awesome. I have been in Calgary for the past four months. It was nice to get home and see the family, open some presents, play some shinny, chug a few cups of coffee and baileys, and have some fun times with my buddies. It was nice to get away from school for a while. That’s all over now and I’m back to work.
Gauldy: How old are you now?
Gauldy: Nice. You say you’re back to work. What kind of work are you doing?
Davenport: Since I’m in school money is running a little low so I’m in the oil patch again like last winter working for my dad. We do facility work for gas plants or a drilling well. We put in all the piles that the building sits on. I basically swamp so I’ll either be helping on the picker, or slinging pipe or pounding piles or helping weld. I have it kind of easy because my dad’s the supervisor. Its horrible work, but I make tuition in 10 days.
Gauldy: That sounds pretty wild. How’s that GF of your doing these days?
Davenport: She’s good. She actually lives with me in Calgary so we see each other tons. Ya, she’s at the same university training at the Olympic oval for speed skating. Her hopes are to be part of Team Canada in 2018. We get along great because we’re kind of the same person in our selected sports: both passionate and focused.
Gauldy: That’s awesome dude. Well let’s chat about last summer a little. You gooned me on a txt’d saying “give me some love,” so I figured I would give you a call for the new column called Random Chat. So 2014 how’d it go?
Davenport: It was going really well until I folded my ankle at Sand Del Lee. I was stoked to make it through Nanaimo and Gopher Dunes. I trained all winter in hopes to be close to the top 10 which I was until the ankle injury. I know I can be in that spot from how I felt and where I sat before the injury so that was good. I have the support from Yamaha, and MXF, but its pops that supports me and helps make this happen. He drives the motorhome from Nanaimo to New Brunswick so he’s a big part of my plan. We’re going to give it a shot again in 2015. I need to get a full season in the books. I know I can be a top 10 guy if I can stay healthy so I owe it to myself to try again for a couple more years.
Gauldy: What’s the toughest part of doing the nationals being a young kid?
Davenport: I don’t know. I love the training and the tough parts of it all. I enjoy putting myself through agony (I cut him off)….
Gauldy: Are you high or drunk?
Davenport: (laughs) No I just love seeing how far I can push myself. I think the hardest part of the nationals is living in the motorhome for so long.
Gauldy: Yes you guys have a nice set-up so that makes it easier. Is 2015 looking the same with Yamaha and MXF?
Davenport: I think so. We don’t really know too much right now. It’s still in the works, but I really hope the same program can happen to race the 450 class again. The only difference is I won’t be going to Cali this year. Second semester of school takes precedence. That’s till April so I’ll just do some local Alberta stuff and head to Kamloops early to get ready.
Gauldy: Were you able to watch A1?
Davenport: Yep. We were able to watch it. It was pretty good for sure. I was kind of disappointed in the main events. They didn’t really have much going on after 5 laps. I was super surprised to see Jesse Nelson win. That was pretty cool because nobody likely picked him.
Gauldy: Do you ever have a dream or wish to race a Supercross?
Davenport: I would love to but I’m pretty goofy on a bike for that technical stuff. If I had the chance on the right bike, and training program, I would give it a shot but that’s far way.
Davenport: I started out in the Peace Motocross Association. My dad used to race and helped me get into it. It all happened pretty fast. My amateur career was quick but I did manage to grab a Junior class title at Walton a few years ago which was pretty awesome. I know it’s just a Canadian title some would say, but it meant a lot and will be cherished for a lifetime.
Gauldy: Oh I agree that an amateur title is important. I won my first title in 1991 and after that I felt I was supposed to be a racer. It was my click if you will, saying in my mind, “you should stick with this.” Is that how you feel?
Davenport: Ya for sure. That title gave me confidence in my abilities. It made me feel like I belonged on the gate with the best. You need that confidence when you transition to pro.
Gauldy: It’s not easy these days jumping from amateur to pro. It’s not just riding any more. It’s almost overwhelming the work ethic you need to be successful in the pros, would you say?
Davenport: Oh ya it is. I think I personally need that for me. I couldn’t just ride 6 days a week and be ok with that. I love road biking, the gym, nutrition, yoga and all that stuff. I know when I do all that stuff that I’m ready and I can cross fitness off my not a problem list. I think if I just rode it wouldn’t be enough, or I wouldn’t be satisfied. The results would show as well.
Gauldy: That’s a great perspective from such a young kid. It’s refreshing to hear. Talk to me about University. What are you taking?
Davenport: I’m taking a bachelor of science in Kinesiology. I’m taking it as a science degree so If I go the full four years I could go to chiropractic school or even go to med school if I put the work in.
Gauldy: You’re also part of the rowing team?
Davenport: Yes. One day I was just sitting eating breakfast checking out the Calgary website and wanted to try something new. I saw that the rowing team was open and ventured over to talk to the team manager. I did a try out and took the tests, I killed those. They put me in the boat right away and we did three races which we won. It’s been cool. We’ve been training the last three months and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I have some pretty solid times on a rowing machine. I’m not far off Olympic standard times so it’s been a fun experience. I think there’s some potential with it so I’ll stick with it.
Davenport: Definitely. I see so many kids on the “one and done” program in racing. I think mixing it up can keep you longer in the sport. Plus rowing is gnarly. It’s tough just like moto so I keep that fire going.
Gauldy: Alright matt this has been educating. Anybody you want to give some love to?
Davenport: Hope I don’t miss any. These people are amazing to me:
MXF Racing, Redline Power-Craft, Yamaha Canada, Seven, 6D helmets, Forma Boots, VP Fuels, GYTR, Yamalube, Factory Connection, Dunlop. DissentLabs, PerformX.
A huge thanks to Gareth Buchanan, Jamey Rey, and all of my personal sponsors: Propile, Eco-Depot, D&T Disposal, Platinum Grover, T&T Communications, Walts Automotive, Compression Technology, Viper.
The biggest thanks to my Mom, Dad, Sister and Girlfriend for being the biggest supporters I ever need!
Gauldy: Well thanks Matt for this. Oh, before I let you go. When you txt’d me about this you said, “Isn’t there enough about Ryan Lockhart already?” What did you mean there?
Davenport: (laughs out loud) Well I guess maybe it’s because he in the industry at Atlas or something, but damn the guy gets some press. I chuckle at it when I see it. Maybe its politics, but I think there are so many young kids working hard that deserve some love rather than the same guy all the time. It seems pretty repetitive for the media. You guys need to stop being so lazy LOL.