Ryan Smith: Jeans, t-shirt, and supercross

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4/21/2018 7:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2018 7:56 PM

Just got off the phone with my buddy Ryan Smith and apparently Feld is not very pumped on him racing in jeans. They were not going to let him race the lcq in them. I think it’s a load of crap that they can take him money, Gallagher from the Ama approves them, and then Feld decides they do not want him to race any longer. With him being a friend i am bias but why not? Here is the link to his video on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/111126358205/videos/10157354792438206/

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4/21/2018 7:42 PM

Didn't he try to do that a few years ago also?

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4/21/2018 7:45 PM

Just wear plain white gear...this seems like such a pointless uphill battle. I think it was Clason I saw mention this on Twitter, Ralph says how these guys are the greatest SX riders on the planet...then hey look who's in jeans and a T-shirt...

So professional... laughing

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4/21/2018 7:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2018 7:48 PM

He did at Daytona. He’s had the jeans with him this year for the few races he’s tried but didn’t want to bust them out until the night show. He’s steadily been knocking the rust off this year.

ML, is cat gear any less professional?

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4/21/2018 7:47 PM

Whining about something pretty pointless really, It's a professional sport, make an effort to look professional.

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4/21/2018 7:48 PM

In a sport where everyone takes themselves WAY to seriously, we need a hero who shows up in jeans to bring everyone back down to reality a bit.laughing

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4/21/2018 7:50 PM

It’s not about that. It’s about the fact that Ryan didn’t think he should have to pay for gear to advertise for the gear brand on national tv.

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4/21/2018 7:52 PM

So the gear everyone is buying provides more protection than his "kit"? It meets the rules, let him run it.

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4/21/2018 7:54 PM

aedwards07 wrote:

It’s not about that. It’s about the fact that Ryan didn’t think he should have to pay for gear to advertise for the gear brand ...more

Back to my original suggestion, plain white gear. And if the guy is making night shows, he can get some free gear...tell him go hit up FXR, Andy would be happy to help him out.

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4/21/2018 7:59 PM

ML512 wrote:

Back to my original suggestion, plain white gear. And if the guy is making night shows, he can get some free gear...tell him ...more

I know a few gear companies offered him discounts on gear but he was still paying for it as there was zero free gear offered by anyone.

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4/21/2018 8:02 PM

JM485 wrote:

In a sport where everyone takes themselves WAY to seriously, we need a hero who shows up in jeans to bring everyone back down ...more

Then do it at a local race.

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4/21/2018 8:05 PM

aedwards07 wrote:

It’s not about that. It’s about the fact that Ryan didn’t think he should have to pay for gear to advertise for the gear brand ...more

ML512 wrote:

Back to my original suggestion, plain white gear. And if the guy is making night shows, he can get some free gear...tell him ...more

aedwards07 wrote:

I know a few gear companies offered him discounts on gear but he was still paying for it as there was zero free gear offered ...more

One call, I had a privateer a boot deal this year...one call, I had another gear...it's quite easy if he's making night shows. I'm sure there's many parts on his bike he purchased and he's still running their logos, how about the boots?

Sorry if this one comes across as rude, I just think it's a wee-bit ridiculous. It's a professional sport, there's not many at this level that would allow an athlete to show up and wear jeans when there's protection and a certain standard of gear to run.

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4/21/2018 8:08 PM

Heck Dungey wore jeans on a Wheaties box, mainstream America probably thinks this is standard attire!

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4/21/2018 8:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2018 8:09 PM

He needs a sponsor by Robin, Levis, or

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4/21/2018 8:16 PM

aedwards07 wrote:

It’s not about that. It’s about the fact that Ryan didn’t think he should have to pay for gear to advertise for the gear brand ...more

ML512 wrote:

Back to my original suggestion, plain white gear. And if the guy is making night shows, he can get some free gear...tell him ...more

aedwards07 wrote:

I know a few gear companies offered him discounts on gear but he was still paying for it as there was zero free gear offered ...more

It isn't like he doesn't have the money to buy freaking gear.

His grandfather (Gary bailey's brother bob) has deep pockets and I don't think Ryan has wanted for much.

I thought it was pretty cheesy that they even showed him on tv. Feld has gone a long way to make the sport look more professional and Ryan wants to pull a dweeb move like this.

It is like showing a rider pitch a hissy fit. Not what we need to take the sport up a notch on live major network tv.

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4/21/2018 8:17 PM

I would do the same thing. On national television regardless if you're in the "night show" or not. If they want to cry about it they can change the rules.

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4/21/2018 8:26 PM

Forum admins telling rider what color gear is acceptable to wear.

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4/21/2018 8:30 PM

GuyB wrote:

Then do it at a local race.

I'm sure you wear a suit while interviewing riders?

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4/21/2018 8:32 PM

mb wrote:

I would do the same thing. On national television regardless if you're in the "night show" or not. If they want to cry about ...more

Yeah wonder why they let them run that on TV if they were so upset about it? Hope they gave him a refund of his entrance fees if they kicked him out.

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4/21/2018 8:33 PM

ML512 wrote:

Just wear plain white gear...this seems like such a pointless uphill battle. I think it was Clason I saw mention this on ...more

He'd still have to wear some gear company's plain white gear (CanvasMX, etc). It would still be free advertising for said company.

I think your other point is right, though. I think there are gear companies out there that would love to hand over a free set even to guys not making the night show. Wondering if he tried that but was turned away?

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4/21/2018 8:35 PM

ML512 wrote:

Back to my original suggestion, plain white gear. And if the guy is making night shows, he can get some free gear...tell him ...more

aedwards07 wrote:

I know a few gear companies offered him discounts on gear but he was still paying for it as there was zero free gear offered ...more

JustMX wrote:

It isn't like he doesn't have the money to buy freaking gear.

His grandfather (Gary bailey's brother bob) has deep pockets ...more

Ryan is related to the Bailey's? Hmmm.....I did not know that.

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4/21/2018 8:37 PM

Next thing you know the AMA will be telling riders they have to wear leathers instead of nylon pants.

Oh wait, they did that already back in the 70's.whistling whistling ermm

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4/21/2018 8:40 PM

yak651 wrote:

Yeah wonder why they let them run that on TV if they were so upset about it? Hope they gave him a refund of his entrance fees ...more

He raced the LCQ, he was wearing green pants with the white shirt.

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4/21/2018 8:41 PM

My opinion does not mean much but here it goes either way. The guy is a ama pro correct ? Then show up and act like one in my opinion. You must have some kind sponsor tp help you out for a sx race. What point is he trying to prove ??

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4/21/2018 8:41 PM

ML512 wrote:

Just wear plain white gear...this seems like such a pointless uphill battle. I think it was Clason I saw mention this on ...more

Exactly.

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4/21/2018 8:43 PM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

He'd still have to wear some gear company's plain white gear (CanvasMX, etc). It would still be free advertising for said ...more

He did try at the beginning of the year to multiple companies and was turned away. But if anyone wants to help out Ryan his email is champion931@yahoo.com.

Ryan is Gary Bailey’s nephew.

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4/21/2018 8:43 PM

In his Facebook vid he says he had regular riding pants in his van, he quickly went and put them on so he could race.
Pretty odd.

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4/21/2018 8:43 PM

mb60 wrote:

My opinion does not mean much but here it goes either way. The guy is a ama pro correct ? Then show up and act like one in my ...more

That gear companies are getting free exposure at the privateers expense, similar to what MCR did when they weren't getting any factory support and said they were running a MCR bike instead of Honda or Suzuki

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4/21/2018 8:52 PM

At the privateers expense really? I'm a 40 year old vet rider nearly 50 and anything given to me for free or at a discount is much appreciated. Gtf out of here with privateer expense. Lmao

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4/21/2018 8:52 PM

JM485 wrote:

In a sport where everyone takes themselves WAY to seriously, we need a hero who shows up in jeans to bring everyone back down ...more

Then Ronnie Mac must be the anti-christ lol for crying out loud this uproar is ridiculous almost as ridiculous as the Uproar everybody's having over the Marvin and Eli pass that shit is borderline insanity Marvin was clearly going for the win and aside from a few cross jumping incidence has no history of taking anybody out I'm not a fan of either writer but they need to let bygones be bygones neither one even have a real mathematical chance at the title after Anderson just starts the main event next weekend Marvin went for the win and that's it because he left the door open

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