Flaherty, KY - Sipes Racing, Inc. is excited to announce its new partnership with AirGroup Radiant Logistics as the title sponsor of the AirGroup/Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Racing Team for 2015, featuring team rider Ryan Sipes.
Sipes, a four-time 250 supercross main event winner who raced for five Factory Supercross and Motocross teams over his eleven-year career, transitioned to off-road racing in 2014. For 2015, Sipes has put together his own race team and will focus on the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series as well as select AMA National Enduro and Pro Motocross Championship events.
Sipes is proud to announce AirGroup Radiant Logistics as his title sponsor, stating, “I’m ecstatic to be working closely with a core company like AirGroup. Besides assisting with all my shipping needs, which are numerous when you run a race team, they are stepping up in support to help take my racing effort to a whole new level. I am going up against the best riders on elite factory teams. The support I receive from AirGroup is essential to my success.”
Jack Morrison, Manager of Off-Road Racing at AirGroup, said, “AirGroup has assisted Ryan’s racing efforts for several years, and we can see that Ryan is as dedicated to the industry as a whole as he is to his individual racing efforts. We feel that Ryan’s motocross history, as well as his recent off-road endeavors, align well with our efforts to continue industry support and the support of our clients within the motorcycle community. We are happy to be a part of his team.”
Sipes continued, “Running my own race team gives me the freedom to choose who I represent and promote. I put everything I have into my racing and I strive to partner with companies who approach things the same way. AirGroup supports the sport of off-road racing to the fullest extent, and that’s very important to me. I’m really excited to continue my relationship with such a great company.”
Sipes will also stay with Rockstar Energy Drink for 2015. “I’ve been with Rockstar for a few years now and it just keeps getting better. The support I receive from them is priceless to my program. Their dedication to winning is contagious! I’m happy to be working with my Rockstar family again and really proud to wear that star on my helmet. I love being a Rockstar athlete,” said Sipes.
James Hanson, Global Motocross Manager, said, “Rockstar Energy Drink is very pleased to continue our relationship with Ryan Sipes for the upcoming 2015 GNCC season. We consider Ryan to be a member of our family and were ecstatic to see him pick up his first podium in the woods at Ironman. We know that 2014 was a learning season as Sipes was up against riders who have been racing on those courses their entire lives. It’s going to be very exciting to see his improvements next year as he fights for his first win!”
Sipes will race Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2015, specifically the FE 350 in GNCC/Enduro and the FC 450 in Pro Motocross.
Stated Sipes, “Husqvarna has a rich heritage of winning off-road and motocross races, being one of the pioneers of the sport. I am excited to be a part of that legacy! The bikes are amazing and more than capable of winning. I look forward to keeping the Husqvarna brand out front and ahead of the competition.”
“We are thrilled to have a solid rider like Ryan choose to race on a Husqvarna! He has a great personality and we are confident he will represent the brand well,” said Timmy Weigand, Husqvarna’s Off-Road Team Manager.
In 2014, as a rookie in the GNCC series, Sipes had a solid season and ended the year with an impressive podium finish in the final round at Ironman GNCC. He also raced nine rounds of the Pro Motocross Championship Series, with his best finish being a fourth place overall at the Indiana National.
You can see behind the scenes of Ryan’s transition into off-road racing in the video series “Chapter 2,” presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, at www.vurbmoto.com.