Let’s start with the track, uniquely shaped, it resembled
more a TT track (sans jump) than a Flat track as it had a hard-right turn. The
infamous AMA Pro Peoria TT was the next weekend, so throwing a right turn was
probably a good opportunity for the pro racers to bolt up a front brake and get
in a little prep with a payout. Brian Bell and the IV League Flat Track crew
had their work cut out for them with building a temporary race track under the
ever-changing weather that is South Dakota. Many weeks of track preparation,
hauling in clay-ish dirt from out of state, ripping, watering and packing the
track surface transformed a grass infield into one of the best tracks the Super
Hooligans have ridden on to-date.
A reassuring (and needed) practice started off with the Pros
on their DTX 450s. Slipping and sliding their way around the flat track, they
struggled at first to match their gearing and riding style to the unconventional
track. It wasn’t long however, before they were ripping it, tossing dirt into
the crowds and onto the stage.
The Super Hooligans took to the track next. Wild men, eyes
filled with anticipation of unpredictable moments lying ahead. The track, dusty
and barren of moisture made it difficult for them and their 500lb Indian’s,
Harleys, Triumphs, Ducatis and Yamahas.
The core Vintage Class, Hand-shifter Class and of course,
the Run What Ya Brung Class all took their practice laps next. As Sturgis is
known, the weather rolled rapidly as the practices finished up. A deluge of
rain came out of nowhere. Sitting under the race tents, Pro’s, Hooligans and
newcomers all watched as their, what they thought to be great track, was being
After an hour of down-pour and an hour of sunshine, the
track conditions had magically improved, tenfold. Maybe it was the ghosts of
Jackpine Gypsies past giving a nod to the racers efforts to keep racing at
Sturgis alive, but it could of just been pure luck. Either way, it was well
received. The IV League flat track team put in a heroic effort to keep the
track ridable and ultimately fun.