Are you on the radio and stuff at the races when your rider is out?
Yeah, I’m on the radio, watching practice and the motos and pointing out lines. Over at Budds Creek I was in the back, cheering on the guys trying to give them some motivation.
Okay so you get the word that Ryan is back for Colorado. What happens then?
Once I got that word that he was officially back, we rotated out the race bikes for new ones. I built a new bike for him and we went back on the race program.
So give me the race program.
Well, today it’s Saturday. We go through the full day, practice, races, then we tear the bike down Saturday night. I pull the engine and suspension off of my race bike, and then I fly home.
And how do you get the engine or suspension back to the shop in California?
We ship it. Sometimes we give it to the truck driver and he will ship it out on Monday, or sometimes we leave it at the hotel and they will ship it out on Monday. We fly home Sunday, and Monday we’re back at the race shop. Tuesday is a day to take care of errands, like luandry and packing and preparing for the next trip. Then Wednesday we’re flying back out.
So when does the engine and suspension show up?
Usually Tuesday. The suspension goes to Enzo, and they will do a great job taking care of that. The motors go to our engine guy, Brad Hoffman, and he does a fine job there, too. They will then ship the engine and suspension out to our next hotel so we can pick it up when we get to the next town.
So they work on engine and suspension on Tuesday and Wednesday?
Yes, this way they can get it shipped out so we can work on it Thursday. We just go to the hotel and rebuild the bike in the parking lot, takes all day. Then we head to the track Friday and set up everything else, the truck, tech inspection, those things. So a quick rundown is Saturday we race, Sunday we fly, Monday we’re at the shop, Tuesday we’re off, Wednesday we fly, Thursday we rebuild bikes at the hotel, and Friday back to the race track.
Is Saturday the easy day in some ways?
Yeah, in some ways it is. You’re already set up, the truck is ready, the bike is ready, it can be easier, for sure.
Finally, Ryan has had some tough luck so far outdoors. So what’s the strategy, pick up where you left off and go for wins, or try to work back into it?
There are a few different ways it can go. For us, we’re trying to build back up, since he basically missed the first four races. Our real goal right now is to just finish the motos. We just want to get a decent overall finish for once!
(Note: Sipes went 15-4 for sixth overall at Thunder Valley)