RSD Super Hooligans Built a Flat Track in Downtown Austin at the Handbuilt Show
April 22, 2016
April 22, 2016 - The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, conveniently takes place on the same weekend as the famed Circuit of the Americas MotoGP as well as the COTA / GNC Flat Track. The event is a mash up of racing, custom and culture creators. You have the crème de la crème of custom motorcycles from builders like Max Hazzan, Shinya Kimura, Roland Sands, and of course the shows originator, Revival Cycles. MotoGP and Moto America are happening right down the street so guys like Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Jason Lee and Keanu Reeves are in attendance. You throw in the American Motordrome Wall of Death with some craft cocktails inspired by Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent, some original motorcycle inspired artwork and one would think it couldn't get any better. Right?
We thought so too… and then the city of Austin allowed them to run an RSD Super Hooligan short track in the middle of downtown. And race on it. It took the team from Indian Motorcycle, Revival Cycles and Roland Sands Design a hell of an effort to make it happen, but happen it did.
In 48 hours Brian Bell and the relentless crew of IV League Flat Track took a gravel parking lot, too many tons of dirt to count, over one hundred orange and white barriers and built a solid sure bet of a race track. Our money? On the Indians, of course. The sun was setting, the light draping the bodywork of machines in dust in a way only found at a race track covered in dirt. Indians, Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, you name it, it was there. This is the epitome of Hooligan racing. Run what ya brung, boys and girls. Expect a hard, short and fast race with the only real trophy being to call your claim, a Hooligan.
RSD’s own Roland Sands, #10 was seen battling it out with GNC legend Joe Kopp in the initial track turns. Both mounted on newly-built Indian Scout 60’s, rider pitted against rider. Pushing their 500-lb machines to the max on the short makeshift track, they found traction where they could and made it where they couldn’t. All the while the crowd pressing on the chain-link fences begging for more.
In the midst of Indian Scout 60’s, several other bikes showed up for race day. A BMW R nineT stood out amongst the V-Twins with its opposed cylinders, but most noteworthy had to be Jamie Robison’s Ducati Scrambler. Armed with not much more than knobby tires and what appeared to be a gas tank attacked by an angle grinder, Jamie was able to tame his Italian machinery and the dirt saw him through the heats and into the night.
As if having legendary racer David Aldana #13, the first true Hooligan, show up to race wasn’t enough, the Hooligan crew advanced a few shutter clicks with Dimitri Coste, infamous Flat Track photographer and racer, hanging it all out there. He piloted his loaned Indian Scout Super 60 around the IV League built flat track like he’d been riding it for months. You’d never know it was his first time on a track built two days ago.
Despite sporting a soon-to-be-released Bell Moto-3 helmet, RSD leader Roland Sands wasn’t fast enough to claim the checkered flag under the lights. (These races aren’t fixed folks!) Jamie Robinson took first place at the end of the “A” Main on his Ducati Scrambler. Behind him, exhaust bellowing, Roland Sands and in third spinning wheels sliding sideways, Cameron Brewer. Not only were these riders racing for Hooligan glory, but they were also knocking elbows and kicking up dirt to qualify for Saturday’s half mile AMA Pro Nationals race at COTA. The Indian Motorcycle sponsors Super Hooligan Tour by Roland Sands Design put on such a memorable race in Daytona, that they were invited back to put on another Super Hooligan show at the pro races again! FansChoice.tv streamed both the AMP Pro Austin Heat Races (Hooligan Heats start at 52:40) and AMA Pro Austin Main Event live on Saturday, April 9th.
The Hooligans came out, raced hard and gave the fans an exciting evening. The only thing topping it was the fact that Steve Bonsey, #80 from Salinas, CA on his XR750, a hard-working, race-living young man, who survives race to race on what he earns, took home the bacon. $2,500 from Indian and another $1,000 from K&N in the “Dash for Cash”! (Indian paid out $5k in total purse to the Pro-racers who showed up.)
Super Hooligan Friday Night Flat Track Main Results
1. Jamie Robinson
2. Roland Sands
3. Rennie Scaysbrooke
GNC Pro Twins
1. Stevie Bonsey
2. Jarod Vanderkooi
3. Kale Kolkman
1. Logan Roerig
2. Mystery Rider #331
3. Patrick Tharp
Run What Cha Brung
1. Jeff O’Leary
2. Shawn O’Leary
3. Travis Hayes
So there you have it folks, if we can get the city of Austin Texas to let us throw a Flat Track race in the middle of down-town, chances are we can do it just about anywhere.