Ryan Sipes talks fill-in ride and Team Puerto Rico
It seems as though the interest and excitement surrounding the Team Puerto Rico announcement for the 2018 Motocross of Nations just won’t die down. That was especially the case when it was announced this week that Kevin Windham would be replacing Ronnie Mac. Luckily for us, their MX2 selection, Ryan Sipes, lined up with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing for the final two rounds of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and we were able to get a little more detail on some of what’s been going on behind the scenes with the team.
Alright, you’ve been selected for Team Puerto Rico for the 2018 Motocross of Nations. How did that come together?
Yeah, they just called me and told me what was going on with all that they want to do to help out Puerto Rico and give me a chance to race. Without thinking about it a ton I just said yes because it sounded awesome. I’ll be there, let’s just leave it at that [laughs].
What are your hopes and aspirations for the event, and what about the rest of the team?
Well, we’re riding two-strokes so I don’t know how much you can really expect. I don’t know, man, I would love to make the A main, but if we can’t do that, hopefully, we do good in the B main. We’re going to go do the best we can and I want to put as much into that as I do into anything else. I’m going to try to be good at it, but I’m on a 125 at RedBud so it’s not even going to be competitive. Maybe if I ride really good, I can do something.
You’re the only guy currently lined up with a bike that’s actually in production. I’d imagine that has to help a lot. Are the other guys concerned about production rules or issues with that sort of stuff?
I mean, I’m still on a 125 whether it’s a 1998 or a 2018. That’s probably not going to make a ton of difference. The Husky 125 is awesome, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not a 250F. It’ll handle great, but it won’t keep up with those bikes, especially since it’s not even a 150. The other guys will do what they do. As far as we know, they can sort of ride whatever, but I don’t know what they got going on. I’m going to do my part and that’s it.
Right now, you’re under the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing canopy. What’s the story behind this fill-in ride?
This happened a long time before any of that Motocross of Nations stuff. A lot of guys have been hurt on the team and they needed a guy to step in. This is kind of my deal, I’ve stepped in before when they’ve had guys injured. It’s, unfortunately, the way our sport is. I don’t have a ton of free time on my hands, but I had planned on racing these anyway on my own. When they called and said they needed a guy, I was all-in. I have a way better bike this way.
When it comes to the Motocross of Nations, will these guys support you in any way with the 125 set-up or is that all on your own?
That’s me. I’ve done it all. These guys don’t build 125s, so they don’t have a factory motor sitting around and I don’t even know anybody who’s been racing them besides the amateurs. My bike should be okay though, I think it’ll be pretty decent.