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Super Hooligan Motorcycle Racing Is “The Greatest Show On Dirt”

Just ask Roland Sands, “It’s about as safe as knife-throwing”

Super Hooligan is no longer the bobble-and-wobble “Harley night” sideshow that kept fans sneaking looks over their shoulders on the way to the hot-dog stand while the national numbers were in the pits tuning up for the main. Oregon hotshoe Andy DiBrino won last year’s maiden 10-round Roland Sands Design-promoted title, taking home a $50K Indian FTR750.

This year’s west-of-the-Mississippi-exclusive Super Hooligan National Championship kicked off February 10 at Salem Indoor Speedway in Salem, Oregon. Now, following a nine-week breather, the series is back on the racetrack, this time for the Hippy Killer Hoedown (no kidding) in Perris, California, 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Ahead of Saturday's event, Sands called on a few of his high-profile buddies for the flat-track practice day seen in the accompanying video.

Super Hooligan rules are straightforward, a rung or two above run what you brung:

  • 750cc or larger twin-cylinder production-based engine
  • Stock production streetbike frame, bolt-on mods only
  • 19-inch flat-track or 17-inch racing rain tires
  • No front brake
  • Mufflers mandatory

Sands has made a buck or two, but he appreciates blue-collar roots. To include the working man and keep the championship interesting, he says, each rider tosses two of the 11 rounds. So if you miss a race or two, slip and fall in your steel shoe, or blow an engine, you might—place your bets, folks—still have a shot at the title.



2018 Super Hooligan National Championship

Date Event Location
February 10 The One Moto Show Salem, Oregon
April 14 Hippy Killer Hoedown Perris, California
May 18 Sacramento Short Track Rancho Cordova, California
June 15–17 HighPipe Moto TT Lakeshore, California
July 19–22 Indian X Super Hooligan Summer Party Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 27 Dirt Squirt Castle Rock, Washington
August 8 Buffalo Chip TT Sturgis, South Dakota
August 17–19 Battle on the Bay San Francisco, California
September 7 Hurley Surf & Turf Lemoore, California
September 22 Costa Mesa Speedway Costa Mesa, California
October 13–14 Moto Beach Classic Bolsa Chica, California