This is not a joke. Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, and—wait for it—Ronnie Mac will race for Team Puerto Rico at the Motocross of Nations at RedBud in October. The Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc. made the announcement today at round ten of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla. The team will be coached by the legendary Rick Johnson.
Oh, and all three will be racing two-strokes. Pure gold!
Pastrana has not raced professionally since 2006, but according to a press release sent out by Nitro Circus, has “agreed to make a visit to the gym and dust off his Suzuki RM250 under one condition; the team would need to raise funds to give back to Puerto Rico during their time of need.”
“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico almost a year ago and still to this day thousands of people are without the basic resources they need. This is an awesome opportunity for the motocross community to get behind and give back to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.” said Pastrana on his involvement with Team Puerto Rico and the 2018 Motocross of Nations. “I’m also excited to be a part of the largest motocross event ever held in the United States and to give the old guys someone to root for as Team Puerto Rico looks to qualify on two-strokes.”
Sipes, a former factory supercross and motocross rider, transitioned to GNCC, but has competed in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in recent years, including two rounds in 2018. He’s also racing American Flat Track in 2018 and last weekend won the Buffalo Chip TT.
“Racing in the Motocross of Nations is a dream come true and a once in a lifetime opportunity. To be on a team with one of the best riders to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle is incredible… and my other teammate does double backflips! I can’t wait!”
Ronnie Mac is, well, he’s Ronnie Mac. He offered up this in the press release: “We’re here to win.”
Team Puerto Rico will be raising funds through direct donations and merch sales. A portion of proceeds of all merch sales will be donated to select Puerto Rican organizations designed to provide support to people in need. The organizations receiving funds will be determined in conjunction with the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc. to ensure they make the largest impact possible. Head to www.ronsontop.com now to rally behind the boys by purchasing some merchandise or making a direct donation.