Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ogemaw Hills Bike Week SuperMoto Street Race Photo Essay

This past Friday SuperMoto racers invaded the streets of downtown West Branch, Michigan. MiSuperMoto organized the Taco Bell SuperMoto Spectacular as part of the Ogemaw Hills Bike Week. Roughly 2000 spectators lined the streets and rooftops to watch some exciting racing. Riders traveled from as far away as Florida to take part in the inaugural event.
Dave Duprey and his MiSuperMoto crew pulled off an awesome event. Here Dave is giving the riders the low-down during the riders meeting

The Beginner class leaves the starting line, heads down main street then hangs a right onto 4th street
A dirt tabletop on main street added to the uniqueness of the course. Mark “Thunder” McHaffie (68 - Florida) took the win in the Beginner class with Keith Fowler (17 - Ontario) a close second

After a small crash in the Amateur race, Jerrett Bellamy (67 – Ontario) charged back to a 3rd place finish
John Lukasik Jr. (339 – Michigan) led the Vet 35+ race wire to wire to take the win
After stalling on the start, Chris Barendregt (3 – Ontario) raced his Husqvarna back to 3rd place
Jason Hine (103 – Michigan) led the Pro race early before a small tip over gave away the lead. Jason would finish 3rd and maintain his Michigan series points lead.
Zach Rosine (312 – Wisconsin) was on fire. He started from the 4th row, worked through the pack quickly, acquired the lead when Hine fell and opened a lead on his way to the win
Adam Beldyga (23 – Michigan) was another rider that worked through the pack. Here he makes his pass on Chase Guthrie (82 – Indiana) for 3rd place.
Andy Cule (32 – Ontario ) was the top placing Canadian rider in the Pro class. Andy rode well to take 7th place
Beginner podium (L-R) Keith Fowler, Thunder, John Love
Amateur podium (L-R) Dave standing in for Joe Sangster, Shannon Kelsey, Jerrett Bellamy
Vet 35+ podium (L-R) Ron Meredith, John Lukasik Jr., Chris Barendregt

Pro podium (L-R) Adam Beldyga, Zach Rosine, Jason Hine
When your trophy is as tall as you are, sometimes it won’t fit in your truck. Zach Rosine gets creative with the bungee cords…