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It’s been a little over two years since Ryan Sipes announced his retirement from professional motocross and Supercross. After eight successful years of racing, the Kentucky native decided to focus more on family life back in the South—but he wasn’t completely calling it the quits. Instead, Sipes enlisted in a full season of off-road racing with the GNCC circuit, as well as racing a couple select outdoor Nationals. It didn’t take long before Sipes started to become a factor in the off-road world, and in 2015, he became the first American to take the overall at the International Six-Days Enduro in Kosice, Slovakia.

While at Leatt’s official launch of their GPX 6.5 and 5.5 helmet at LACR in Palmdale, California, last week, Sipes was on hand to represent the brand. So, we popped down the tailgate and got the cameras rolling for the interview…