Nitro Circus has produced a press release with more info on today's news regarding Team Puerto Rico at the Motocross of Nations: Ronnie Mac has been replaced on the team by Kevin Windham. In this press release, we get some info from Windham, Travis Pastrana, and team coach Rick Johnson, and also an addressing of Mac not being eligible to compete.
San Juan, Puerto Rico — Since the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico, Inc., announced their 2018 MXoN lineup, Team Puerto Rico has undoubtedly captured the attention of the entire racing world. From the team’s seemingly fictitious and unlikely rider lineup to the goal of raising funds for the hurricane-torn territory to their first donation, Team Puerto Rico has had an eventful couple of weeks. The team has faced numerous hurdles and obstacles as they prepare for Motocross of Nations, and today, the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico, Inc., has confirmed rumors that had begun to circulate around the industry: Kevin Windham will be replacing Ronnie Mac on Puerto Rico’s 2018 Motocross of Nations team.
Although Ronnie’s departure may be a letdown to many fans, it should not come as a surprise. It turns out that Ronnie Mac does not possess the proper licenses needed to race, and understandably, the FIM cannot bend the rules for a fan-favorite character. Team Puerto Rico is grateful to Ronnie for helping to get this project off the ground and for his continued support of a good cause. The world will have to wait for the self-proclaimed “best motocross racer in the world” to showcase his unmatched skill.
The Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico, Inc., is excited to have Kevin Windham on board for 2018. Windham has one of the best resumes in all of racing and his wins include a 2005 Motocross of Nations Championship. “I’m always nervous when I get a call from Travis Pastrana, and to be honest, I wasn’t even sure this was real. It took a bit of convincing, but I’m happy to be a part of Team Puerto Rico and support a good cause, both inside and outside the racing community,” Windham said.
“As team manager, I’m ecstatic to welcome KW to the team. No one else has more love from the fans than he does...and he is going to help support our end goal of helping others. It really says a lot about him to come back to racing for a good cause,” team coach and manager Ricky Johnson said.
“While I am bummed Mac can’t race, we all knew it was a long shot. I’m just happy he came to me and the team with this idea and that we are going to able to finish what he helped start. Not many people know this, but my grandfather is from Puerto Rico and I still have ties to the island, so I am especially pleased we are going to help. And we got Kevin Windham! He is my freaking idol! This is going to be fun!” Pastrana said on the new developments of the team.
With the recent changes to the team, a new website has been created where you can follow the riders' progress and purchase merchandise for support. Head to at www.teampuertorico2018.com now to show yours.