At the Super Hooligans Flat Track support race during the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena in Las Vegas, Ben Giese of Denver, Colorado races to seventh overall in the eight lap "Super H" main event. Giese was the sole Yamaha mounted competitor in the new Super Hooligans category.
Sunday, 29 November 2015 07:23
Bob Schaller shows off his classic 1980s metric crusier during practice for the Super Hooligans support Flat Track race during the Superprestigo of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena last weekend. Aboard this liquid cooled, shaft drive Honda v-four, complete with king-and-queen seat, Schaller qualified 28th out of 32 entries with a lap at 13.127 seconds for the Super Hooligan event, and didn't make the 24 rider cut to compete in the Heat Races. This was the only Honda entered - the laregest brand represented in Super Hooligans was Harley-Davidson, with 21 bikes in the field.
Saturday, 28 November 2015 09:37
One Euro motorcycle entered the Super Hooligans support event at the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena last weekend: the Ducati Scrambler of Greenville, MS based JD Mosley. In the third and final heat, Mosley took the GMDATL.com/BellissiMoto backed L-twin to fifth overall, but didn't Qualify for the Main event.
Friday, 27 November 2015 00:17
At the Super Hooligans support Flat Track race during the Superprestigio of the Americas event at the Orleans Casino Arena on Saturday night, November 21, Mitch Gallagher went old school for real with his hard tail Harley-Davidson. Sponsored by Motosource and Keil Motorsports, Gallagher was a DNS from the final in Las Vegas.
Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:16
At the Super Hooligans support Short Track race for the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Hotel and Casino Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21, Shaun Guardado went old school for proptection while guiding his Harley-Davidson to ninth overall in the 8 lap final.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 23:31
Norwalk, CA. based Juan Arceo ran this Harley-Davidson powered Buell in the Super Hooligans support class Flat Track event during the Superprestigio of the Americas debut event at the Orleans Casino Arena inb Las Vegas on November 21.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:26
Super Hooligans support heat race action during the Superprestigio of the Americas Short Track event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, with the # 66 Harley-Davidson of Shaun Guardado of Long Beach, CA.; the # 4 Harley-Davidson of Travis Hayes of Encinitas, CA., and the # 23 Indian of Brendon Lutes, also of Long Beach, CA.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:16
Thor Drake of Portland, Oregon took the support race Super Hooligan win at the Superprestigio of the Americas event at the Orleans Casino Arena aboard a modern, liquid-cooled, 750cc Harley-Davidson.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:01
Newly crowned AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track Champion Jared Mees of Clio, Mi, came to Las Vegas, gambled and won. Big time. In Friday’s final event in the AMP Flat Track National Tour at a new, ultra-short track at the Orleans Casino Arena, Mees scored a safe third in the Feature race and clinched his third overall National crown.
This Saturday night on the same track, Mees worked through a crazy-busy set of Heats and Semi races to be one of four Flat Trackers to start the main event, then defeated his Flat Track peers and the top racers selected from other disciplines (“All Stars”) to become the first winner in the new all-comers Invitational Superprestigio of the Americas presented by Yamaha.
Aboard his Las Vegas Harley-Davidson backed Honda single, Mees placed second in the 12 Lap final Q race for Flat Trackers, behind Brad Baker of Eatonville, WA, to earn one of the four spots for “his kind” in the Superprestigio race.
In the 15 lap Main Event, Mees ran second early, then cut under Baker when the just-back-form-injury rider clobbered the plastic wall on the outside of the front straight. Baker, frequently millimetres from the barrier, continued in second but Mees was solidly in first.
Mees won over Baker by a second and a half, with Kenny Coolbeth Jr. taking third, another second back. Honda swept the podium. For much of the race, Coolbeth staged a great dice with top “All Star” class competitor Roger Hayden on a Suzuki, but road race ace Hayden fell in the final turn and was classified seventh.
Top “All Star” class Feature race finisher was veteran 40 year old Larry Pegram in fourth with the Foremost Insurance Honda. Teen-aged road race sensation Joe Roberts was fifth, while top young Brit road racer Oliver Brindley placed very worthy sixth on his Kawasaki single.
The Superprestigio concept was relaunched two years ago in Spain, and while three Spanish road racers took part in Las Vegas, none made it to the main event. This was mostly due to bad luck – only four riders from each category could take part in the final, out of an entry of 15 per division.
“What a way to top things off at the end of a great year,” began Mees post-race. “I’m almost at a loss for words, it’s really a big deal, winning a Superprestigio. I knew Brad would be tough, he got the best of me in the race before, but I kept my focus. Now Brad and I are heading over to Spain to represent the American dirt trackers.”
“I don’t think they could have designed a better track to create chaos,” joked Mees after his win. “Any time you do something different, it’s fun. The whole thing was hectic, but it was nothing compared to what we go through in Spain. It’s really cool that it was so fast paced.”
“The way the track was set up, it was racy,” continued Mees. “You could stick somebody, really go hard, like you were racing 100s in my back yard with my buddies. With us having the event the night before, it gave us an advantage, we knew what was going to happen, how the track would change. In the future maybe this can be a stand-alone race.”
Second placed Baker admitted that “I definitely had a wild wall ride, for a flat track style bike! To ride clean on this track is tough, but that’s the goal. It was really fun racing Jared, he rode so good, and I made too many mistakes. I had a bike break, I got hung up on the starting gate in one of my heats – I really can’t complain after coming back on such a rough night!”
Third placed Coolbeth said that “I had a really awesome fight with Hayden, we were really back and forth, it was really aggressive, it was real short track racing. I got to third and I just stayed there. The track was kind of slick, kinda dry, we slowed down our bike so we could go a little faster.”
The sole Canadian invited to the first Superprestigio of the Americas was newly crowned Flat Track Canada Champ Doug Lawrence of Mississauga, ON. After adjusting his bike after Friday’s racing, Lawrence had nothing but bad luck in his heats. Although Lawrence got close to making the cut in is Flat Track Semi qualifying race, he stalled his Town Moto Honda in a tight turn while battling for position and was unable to Qualify for his Main.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 03:14
The unique Super Hooligans race presented by Indian Motorcycles, supporting the Superprestigio of the Americas event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, was won by Harley-Davidson mounted Thor Drake. Based in Portland, Or, Drake moved into the lead late in the eight lapper, showing considerable style with his all white, street cruising riding gear. Drake’s prize for victory in the new concept Super Hooligans race was a brand new, just launched, Indian Scout motorcycle.
Second belonged to another H-D v-twin piloted by Chris Wiggins of Terre Haute, IN, less than a second back of Drake at the end of the busy Final. Wiggins lead six of the eight laps before Drake caught him in heavy traffic around the one tenth of a mile track.
Third overall after a poor start was class guru Roland Sands of Long Beach, CA, the former AMA Pro 250cc Grand Prix Champ. Famed bike builder Sands charged through the 13 rider field to complete the podium.
The Super Hooligan final had several incidents and tumbles, but no injuries and no major damage to the field of street-based, minimum 750cc, four-stroke twins. Track builder and seven time AMA Grand National Champ Chris Carr described the Super Hooligans as “kind of like the class C bikes that raced in the AMA back in the 1950s and ‘60s. I think the Rulebook would say more, if they had a rulebook.”
Sunday, 22 November 2015 02:27