250 Words: IndianapolisMonday, March 14, 2011 | 4:50 PM
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Here’s a little Ryan Sipes history. We have to go back to the 2004 High Point National when a practically unknown #264—riding a Team Green Kawasaki—came out in his very first moto as a professional and scored a solid seventh in the first 250 Class moto. That was how Ryan Sipes introduced himself to professional motocross.
It's been a long journey, but Sipes finally got his first career SX victory in Indy.
Photo: Matt Pavelek
Eight months later in his first-ever supercross in Anaheim, Sipes, now a member of the Hahm Motorsports/WBR Suzuki support team wearing #65, used his east-coast mud-riding skills to finish fifth at the sloppy season opener. Many assumed it was a fluke, but the very next week inside a dry Chase Field, Sipes finished third behind Broc Hepler and Ivan Tedesco and appeared to be on the fast track to winning. Well, seven years and several teams and injuries later and Ryan Sipes finally got that first victory, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha rider, as he’s now right in the title hunt in what may be his last season as a full-time SX Lites pilot.
Cool factoid: Not only was it Ryan’s first win, it was also the first for the state of Kentucky. The moonshine must be flowing in Vine Grove!
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