On the Radar | Matthew Ciphery | Scott Sports Canada

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Scott Sports Canada.

Name: Matthew Ciphery

Age: 20

Hometown: Cobden, Ontario

School and Grade: Graduated Fellowes High School in 2016

Number: 712

Bike: Yamaha YZ250F

Race Club or Series: MMRS, AMO, MX101

Classes: Open Junior and 250 Junior

This week, #712 Matthew Ciphery from Cobden, ON is ‘On the Radar.’ | Mao Ouyang photo

How did you get started in racing and riding?

I was brought up riding four-wheelers with my dad and friends. One of my buddies got a dirt bike though after a while and I bugged my dad long enough to get me one (Laughs). I rode around in trails and did practice days and Sand Del Lee for a few years before I gave racing at MMRS a shot.

What is your favourite track and why?

I have always liked Madoc. Might be because it was where my first race was and even my first podium. I always seem to have a good weekend at that track. I honestly really miss racing at Rocky Ridge though. Other than the horrible roost, that was a fun track.

Who is your favourite rider and why?

I have always liked Cooper Webb since he was on that CRF150 as an amateur. I like his riding style and he has that cocky edge to him sometimes.

Matthew won the MMRS/MX101 Ironman Series last fall. | The Moto Focus photo

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

Any rider who has to work all week long just to be able to race and put it all out on the line every weekend.

Who is your hero?

My dad. He’s always been there for me no matter what I do. He’s always got good advice and a good guy to go to.

What are your goals for next season, and what is it going to take to reach them?

I’m not even 100% sure what series I’m going to race yet, honestly. I wanna be closer to the front than the back in every race this season. I’ve been working out hard all winter long and as soon as the snow is gone I’ll get into a regular practice routine with Brandon Gourlay and Taylor Broadhurst.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

Winning the MMRS/MX101 Ironman series this past fall was wicked. Block passing Cody Mckague on practice day at Madoc is pretty high up there too (Laughs).

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

It’s good going out and having a good weekend, being able to hangout with your friends and challenge each other on race days.

Although he’s not sure which series he’ll be racing, he hopes to be doing it closer to the front in 2019. | Chloe Habraken photo

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

In the summers when I’m not racing I like to go camping and just relax for a weekend with family and friends. In the winters I like to go skiing and hangout with friends. I definitely don’t like to work but I gotta do that all week long too (laughs).

Who would you like to thank?

Brandon and James at GPP, ILLXNESS, Raabe’s Heating and Plumbing, my mom and dad, brother and sister, my grandpa and Taylor Broadhurst for having a wicked practice track for us to use.