When a team of Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, and Ronnie Mac was announced for Team Puerto for the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, it definitely raised a few eyebrows throughout the industry.
Ronnie Mac, of course, is a fictional character and would need to get a license to compete in the event. Well, it seems it may not be a problem any longer, as Steve Matthes is reporting that Ronnie Mac will not compete and the team has drafted Kevin Windham to replace him.
Looks like Windham is the third guy for Team Puerto Rico...Ronnie's out.— Steve Matthes (@pulpmx) August 20, 2018
Nothing official has been announced from the Puerto Rico team, so this is a strong rumor at the moment. We’ve reached out to a few sources, and apparently Windham would be competing on a 450 four-stroke. Pastrana and Sipes are still slated to race two-strokes.
Windham hasn’t competed professionally since 2013, when he announced his retirement from racing after 19 years prior to the Anaheim 2 Supercross.
Travis Pastrana released a lengthy quote on Instagram about the event. He has confirmed that Ronnie Mac is out and that another rider will be added. He did not confirm who that rider would be.
Below is the full post:
"Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe." -Sumner Redstone To put it mildly, this past week has been nothing shy of a catastrophe. We had a clear goal to add (not take away from) the #MXON. Build up the #MXON to people outside the industry through what I still believe could have been one of the greatest documentary ever filmed. All while raising funds to help hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. We had approval from the top but it all came crumbling down. The chances of us making the A-Main at the MXON on 2 strokes was slim to none and our plan was never to effect the outcome of the event.. but rather to show how tough this sport truly is and to be a part of what will surely be the most incredible mx event ever held in the USA. Thanks to the people trying to protect the sport, this now looks like a joke and we have taken attention away from the event I hold most dear to my heart. @nitrocircus has pulled out of the film project and Ronnie Mac has been pulled from the team. Having said that, I am a man of my word and I promised you guys I would race and the people of Puerto Rico that we would help. Ryan Sipes is not afraid to spend his own money, race his heart out or swing a hammer.. and that’s what we are going to do. More announcements to come on the third rider but for now, I leave you with one more quote. "Things won't get better dwelling on the past. Accept what has happened. Then move forward." -Jocko Willink @nitrorednekhubert #gameon #imtoooldforthisshit #letshavesomefun
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