We sent our very own, Ben Linderman, to catch up with Ryan and Justin Sipes. They have committed to instructing at our FCA Motocross and Offroad camp in Indiana this summer.
Ben: What are you doing right now?
Ryan: I’m working on motorcycles and getting ready for the season.
B: What does your race season look like compared to last year?
R: The only race I’ve done is the 1st Sprint Enduro in GA. It went good but it was kinda crazy b/c we had a baby on Tuesday, came home from the hospital on Thursday and went to the race on Friday. So that was a little rough, but I did get the win. That was the good part. Last weekend was the 1st GNCC.
The only full season I’m doing is the Sprint Enduro’s. I will do 4 GNCC’s, 4 Pro Motocross, The IC straight rhythm and flat track events.
B: well- rounded schedule. Tell us about your racing program this year and how the campers at FCA camp will benefit from you being the Instructor. You’re trying to be awesome at everything and campers will train in a well-rounded training environment with you. Motocross and Offroad.
R: one of the reasons I wanted to do this schedule is to be so diverse. I’m able to do so many different things so I thought why not try them all in one season. It’s going to be really cool and I think teaching kids at FCA camp whether its MX or Offroad you will benefit. I’m going to teach both b/c it’s good crosstraining and helps them to be a well-rounded rider. My personal experience the mx experience has helped me in the offroad side of racing and vice verca.
Having the sprint speed and the intensity of mx helps with the offroad side of things. Whereas the offroad skills helps me be a more technical rider.
B: How many years have you been coming to FCA camp?
R: My first camp was 2002, I guess this will be 16 years coming up. Been fun.
B: Tell us what your house is like with a new baby.
R: having a baby 3 days before my season started is pretty crazy but it’s not in our hands when to have a baby. She’s been a good baby, doesn’t cry much and my wife has been awesome. I’m trying to juggle training for my full time job and come in when I can. My other 2 kids understand when I’m out, I’m training. It’s been crazy and sometimes I wish we had a few more weeks of off season but I’m not gonna argue with Gods plan. We’re just gonna keep it rolling and do the best we can.
B: do you change the dirty diapers?
R: yeah, if it needs to be done, I do it. That’s the way it goes.
B: Are you planning on having more kids?
R: we have 3 and I think we’re good. My wife said that after the 2nd and we had a 3rd so if she changes her mind. I will too.
B: anything else?
R: My website is great and we are doing some new video coming out this year. I have 3 projects, with a possible 4th. We will fire up the Chapter 2 series again. It chronicles my year throughout all the disciplines I’m doing and behind the scenes. That will be cool. We will also do a video with Rockstar on the flat track side. And then we have a surprise coming out this summer and it will be released on my website or any of my sponsors YouTube channels or Racer X.
Justin Sipes. Ben was able to catch up with him as he flies around the world.
B: Tell us what you’re up to this year?
J: Pretty much this whole year I’m with Monster Jam again with the Triple Threat Monster Jam East. I’ve been competing every weekend. I bought me a KX125 and shipped the motor and tranny off and waiting on it to come back and put it together. It’s getting warm and we are ready to rip here in Flaherty, KY.
B: what are you doing with the 125, just for fun or are you going racing?
J: it’s mainly just for fun but if they have these Dream races and stuff, that’d be fun too.
B: tell us more about Monster Jam. Did I hear there is a 4 wheeler involved.
J: Yeah, I hate to tell people that. I did an interview on pit pass radio and told them I was racing ATVs and he asked if my mom and dad disowned me.
J: It’s called the Triple Threat b/c we race monster trucks, speedsters and the ATVs. The ATV racing is just flat track and gets pretty intense. I need to be super aggressive and it’s a little squirrely. It’s a good time.
B: how’s that series been going and what’s next
J: last year was my first year and I ended up winning. This year they put me on tour with veterans drivers so I’ve been having some really good shows. They’re gunning for me but I’ve been able to hold them off being the points leader. Hopefully I can hang in there and get the championship.
B: what happens when you win. Is there another tier to keep racing?
J: there’s like 8 or 10 months of tours to participate in. the champion of each tour gets a automatic bid to go to the finals in Vegas on March 23 and 24th. I’d like to go do that and then a show in April and the rest is not set in stone. But as of now I should be able to come to the FCA IN camp pending my schedule doesn’t change.
B: how much riding have you been able to do in the past year?
J: last year I rode with my brother, Ryan, and did a couple races. I went to England and did a pit bike world championship and it just aired last week. It’s on YouTube too. I got 4th in it.
B: sounded like you were on a rocket ship over there…
J: yeah, the biggest thing was the chassy. I mean the suspension was like riding a big bike except it was small. I don’t know how to explain it. I mean it handled like a big bike. It had a lot of travel and it didn’t have the A frame swing arm. So it had more travel in rear and the forks were awesome. If I get to do it this year we will have a frame that runs linkage like a big bike. It’s crazy. If I get to do it this year I would like to go over a little early and do some more testing.
B: Glad youre coming back to FCA Camp in IN. how long have you been doing it?
J: I’ve been every year except last year since it started. I was a camper in 2002 until around the time I turned Pro and then I began to instruct at the camps.
B: what is your favorite part about our camps?
J: I love what the kids learn, really what I learn. It’s really awesome how we learn about God and mix it in with motocross. It’s a blast! It’s a fun way to mix the 2.
Posted on Tue, February 27, 2018
by Donita Povolny