Sean Lipanovich, 24 Riverside, CA Sponsors: Bell Helmets, Scott Goggles, NoToil, Sidi, Fly, RK Chain, FMF, Renthal, Works Connection, EVS, Ryno Power, Moto Seat, G2 Engineering, Factory Connection, John Burr Sean Lipanovich has been a mainstay at the Transworld Race Series this year, he has put his stamp on the Pro classes in 2014 with several overall wins as well as numerous podium positions to back it up. It has been a familiar sight to see the number 505 blowing up berms around the tracks, and Cahuilla Creek was no different. Lipanovich was also throwing big whips over the finish line jump at the natural terrain track giving the spectators a show every lap. We caught up with Sean in the pits to see what he has planned in the future. What is it about the Muscle Milk/Transworld MX races that keeps you coming back? I like coming out to race and the days are quick, I always know there will be good racing with plenty of people to race. There’s always good racing and I am out of here early. Is racing your full time job or do you have another job along with it?
I’ve been racing pro since 2010, I raced up through 2012 here in the US. After that, I went down to Brazil and raced for two years. When I came back I opened up SLMXSchool.com and I provide motocross vacation packages with dirt bike rentals, MX training and lodging. And I also still race on the side.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in your racing career so far?
A little bit of everything, I’ve raced all over the world. I got second in the Brazilian championship, I’ve won a couple FIM Asia races, I’ve raced in the Phillipines, Malaysia and other places.
How did you get involved racing in these other countries?
I’m actually not from the US originally, I was born and raised in Guam, which is a US territory and military base. I loved racing, my parents moved us to Hawaii so I could improve. We only lived in Hawaii for about 6 months, and then I lived at the Milsaps Training Facility for about 5 years. From there I just loved it and raced where ever I could.
How did you get started racing in Guam?
It was hard, there wasn’t even 100 riders there and only one track. My cousin asked me to go riding one day, and he let me ride his Yamaha TTR125. I loved it and have been hooked ever since.
What is it about racing that made you pick it over all the other sports?
There is nothing like it and it is a feeling you just can’t describe. It is completely different than any other sport and I just love it.
What other hobbies do you have outside of motocross?
I like going to the beach, that’s my thing, just going and chilling on the beach.
What is your training program?
I like to ride 4 or 5 days each week. I train riders too so I am riding there. I also like mountain biking, that is a big thing for me too, it’s almost like a dirt bike, it is two wheels and a lot of fun.
Do you find the mountain bike skills cross over to motocross?
Yes, and no. Yes in that you use a lot of legs in mountain biking just like in motocross. The speed is way different so it isn’t quite the same skills.
What are your plans for next year?
I got offers from a couple of teams for supercross for next year, but I don’t think I am going to do it. I think I am going to stick with my program with SLMX School and build my company and train more riders and also run an MX vacation house. I am actually going to race in Germany in three weeks, I am going to ride a Red Bull Husqvarna for four races and am looking forward to that. I will probably race some FIM Asia races that I get invited to as well.
Is racing more fun now than it was when it was your only focus?
I am actually having a lot of fun right now, just riding and racing. It’s different when you are racing pro, you’re always on the grind and going to the gym every day. Sometimes I don’t go now and just go riding. It actually seems like I am riding better now with less pressure. I just have fun riding my bike.