While all the spectators ducked for cover under any overhang they could find, all the racers started gearing up. Rain is rare out here in California so racing motorcycles in it is even rarer. All the riders were super excited to go play in the mud like little kids. With the flat track under water, the event turned into TT only racing on the Scrambles style motocross track. No big jumps but, left and right turns and a couple of elevation changes thrown in. These big, heavy Hooligan bikes could handle this track no problem but, it was not a flat track like everyone is used to riding them on. The mud and continuous downpour of rain, combined with not-so-knobby flat track tires, on a different type of track than usual, was destined to make for some exciting racing to watch.
It was anybody’s day to win and would come down to who could make the least amount of mistakes and, more than anything, keep it on two wheels. What is usually a loud roar of a pack of V-twin engines revving wide open and guys rushing bar to bar into the first turn, the start of the first Hooligan mud TT was a bit different. Everybody dumped their clutches when the flag dropped but the first to turn one was the guy that had the best throttle control and was able to turn wheel spin into traction. Bikes were sideways, mud was flying and you could tell everyone was having to work to keep their bikes going where they wanted them to. One thing was for sure and that was that everyone was soaked, muddy and having a blast. We had some talented riders piloting our Indian Motorcycles Scout Sixty Hooligan bikes but the main event was just as squirrely. The podium went to the three guys that were able to keep their bikes underneath them. RSD x Indian team rider Jordan Graham finished 3rd, Unknown Industries rider Holden Pruitt snagged 2nd and See Motorcycles racer Andy Dibrino down all the way from Portland took home the WIN.