(Photos by @justingeorgephotos and @thehitzelberger courtesy of Roland Sands Design)

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT was a true hooligan affair. There were thrills, spills, and even a few fisticuffs as action got heated at the 7th round of the RSD Super Hooligan National Championship series (be sure to check out our Sturgis 2019 video if you don’t believe us!).

So what contributed to the carnage? A tighter hairpin in the first turn is a potential culprit. Layout of the track was a tad different than years past and crews didn’t finish carving it out until that morning, so there was little time to acclimate to the new lines. As a result, Turn One saw more than its fair share of pileups. The fact that front brakes were allowed for the first time this year also added to the mayhem as all it takes is a tap at lean to taco the front end. Some of the brake grabs were most likely inadvertent and instinctual, but faceplants were frequently the consequence.

The Buffalo Chip Super Hooligan round also saw the series’ first adaptive athlete, Jason Griffin. Even though he only has one arm, Griffin was flying around the track like Superman, earning him the title of fan favorite.

“We first met Jason Griffin in 2017 at the Dixie Speedway half mile, racing the Pro Singles class with @americanflattrack against some of the fastest in the world,” wrote RSD Superhooligans on Instagram.

“Last week we saw him on the plane traveling from X Games to Sturgis and invited him to come race with us. Straight from the airport to the historic @spiritofsturgis half mile, he was hauling ass on @smco‘s Harley Sportster, in borrowed gear just a couple hours later. Put the throttle on the left (yes, he twists it forward!) and zip-tied a roll of paper towels to the seat to keep him from sliding back! >> 2 days later he was on the RSD Triumph Scrambler shredding the @sturgisbuffalochip TT. This guy never stopped working to go faster all week. His enthusiasm, energy and talent is beyond inspiring. Get out and ride! What’s your excuse? Shut up and race. #FTW #goride.”

Two of our favorite female hooligans also had plenty to say about the craziness at The Chip.

“Bucket List ✔️ Finally had the epic experience of Sturgis. I have been wanting to come to this motorcycle rally for many, many years. And thanks to @rolandsands and @rolandsandsdesign not only did I get to experience this epic event, I was there racing at the legendary @sturgisbuffalochip with my @jpcycles @indianmotorcycle Scout Sixty. It’s like icing on the cake!” posted Jolene Van Vugt.

Jolene Van Vugt always represents on the J&P Cycles Indian Scout Sixty. She was able to cross Sturgis off her bucket list after attending the rally for the first time this year. 

Meanwhile, Stephanie Pietz had this to say. “Oh Sturgis! You rowdy SOB. I love it! Snagged the holeshot in every race. Was running 3rd in my heat and encountered some bike issues after rubbin up with @jolenevanvugt. Made the main and was in 4th before the restart. Got f@#ked on the restart. 🤷🏼‍♀️ There was some serious carnage and chaos at this round of the @superhooligans series in Sturgis! 🤘🏻 Just like I like it 😈 Sturgis is always a blast!”

Stephanie Pietz called Sturgis a rowdy SOB, and loved every minute of it! 

Jordan Graham also chimed in after finishing fourth in the Super Hooligan main on his RSD Indian FTR1200.

“Won my heat today, went to the main and was 1st into the first corner, dropped to 3rd the entire race until last lap where I dropped to 4th across the line.... oh yeah I was the only one up front WITHOUT a front brake (they got left in California, so the RSD crew sent it like real men)... sure coulda used them tonight to keep me on the podium...BUT I’m stoked to come out walking after all the carnage today with everyone else... onto the next one at @nitroworldgamesofficial on the 17th...”

The person that pipped Graham on the last lap was Tony Alves. Two-time defending RSD Super Hooligan champion Andy DiBrino fought his was to a second-place finish, with series point leader Joe Kopp riding to the victory.

In the J&P Cycles-sponsored Amateur class, Chris Townsend took home the bacon riding the clapped-out Go Fast Don’t Die Sportster with hand-me-down, third generation tires. Townsend should have been awarded a “Spirit of Hooligan Racing” award to boot for his efforts.

The RSD Super Hooligan slideshow heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend for the 2019 Nitro World Games. The races will be part of an action-packed weekend that includes Nitro Rallycross, FMX Best Trick, and Moto Quarterpipe.

Joe Kopp (left) took first place in the RSD Super Hooligan main at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT while Andy DiBrino (Camo kit) captured second place with Tony Alves (Blue Fox) rounding out the podium.