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It was difficult not to be overshadowed by American motorcycling giants such as Travis Pastrana and Kevin Windham, but Ryan Sipes earned his place on Team Puerto Rico and then some. The thirty-three-year-old has experience representing his country on the world stage as he was the first American to win the individual honors at the International Six Days Enduro, dominating the competition in Slovakia back in 2015. He began racing Pro Motocross and Supercross back in 2004 and has since switched gears to the GNCC series, but has still competed at select events throughout the last couple of years on the Pro Motocross schedule. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider showed up at RedBud earlier this year and finished 16th overall in the highly competitive 250MX class, prov-
ing he’s still got what it takes to run with the young guns. Additionally, Sipes managed to win a couple of Flat Track TT races this year as a testament to his versatility on a motor- cycle as he continues to grow and improve throughout his career. He was the only rider on Team Puerto Rico that was making their debut at the Motocross des Nations and he rode tremendously in order to overcome some hard crashes throughout the weekend. The highlight of the weekend was on Sunday morning after Puerto Rico ended up in the B- Final, pulling a start that put him near the top five to the delight of the crowd. Sipes charged forward and ended up passing his teammate, Kevin Windham, onto a second place finish as the two riders secured Team Puerto Rico’s place in the final in a scenario that resembled some sort of dream sequence of a disgrun- tled motocross fan stuck in the mid-2000’s. Although Sipes wasn’t able to put together
a clean moto and a result that reflected his potential in the finals, his effort in the B-Final earned him utmost respect from the American crowd and the fans that traveled from all over the world to RedBud.

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