Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier Highlights 2019

ESPN brings X Games Harley Hooligan Racing qualifier to California.

Carlos Sanches, Tony Parent, Chris Wiggins, Chrys Miranda, and John Tinsley set off at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Carlos Sanches (888), Tony Parent (118x), Chris Wiggins (09), Chrys Miranda (197), and John Tinsley set off just as the green start flag flies.Julia LaPalme

Hundreds of people showed up to Industry Hills Expo Center in Southern California to attend the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing qualifier and Born-Free Stampede races. More than 100 racers competed for the opportunity to compete at the [X Games] (/harley-davidson-flat-track-motorcycle-racing-newest-x-games-medal-sport-austin-espn-sports/) Minneapolis flat-track racing round, which takes place August 24, 2019. Harley-Davidson broadcast the event through its Facebook channel, where viewers could see interviews with riders, and is still available for replay. The most exciting part of this particular event is that any rider could enter; it was not required for competitors to be professional racers. Here are a few highlights from the competition field.

Racers line up for their heat, waiting for the track to open at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Racers line up for their heat, waiting for the track to open.Julia LaPalme
Chris Wiggins’ Harley-Davidson Sportster at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Chris Wiggins’ Harley-Davidson Sportster, decked out in a rad graphic paint scheme, before he raced in heat 8, where he went down.Julia LaPalme
Matt Schmidt’s blue-framed Harley-Davidson at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Matt Schmidt’s blue-framed Harley-Davidson, which he raced in the quarterfinals heat 3.Julia LaPalme
Aprilia racebike at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Among all the American iron in the pits, the one Aprilia racebike stands out.Julia LaPalme
A rider goes down during one of the races at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
A rider goes down during one of the races. Flat-track riding is risky business.Julia LaPalme
Randy Bereman, with his son Tyler Bereman close on his tail, as he tries to close in on the lead rider, Joseph Robinson.
Randy Bereman (5), with his son Tyler Bereman (653) close on his tail, as he tries to close in on the lead rider, Joseph Robinson (55x). Tyler is a Red Bull athlete competing in Freestyle Motocross, as well as a regular racer in the RSD Hooligan series.Julia LaPalme
Tyler Bereman hugs his dad Randy after racing against each other at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Tyler Bereman hugs his dad Randy after racing against each other. They both qualified to move on to the X Games in Minneapolis.Julia LaPalme
Cole King rips around the track in his heat at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Cole King, decked out in stars, rips around the track in his heat.Julia LaPalme
Jason Rodgers lines up with other competitors as they wait for their heat to start at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Jason Rodgers lines up with other competitors as they wait for their heat to start.Julia LaPalme
JJ Flarity and Mearl Barnett talk before they race at the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
Veteran X Games Hooligan racer JJ Flarity (right) talks with fellow racer Mearl Barnett before they slide it sideways on the track.Julia LaPalme
John Tinsley pushes his bike back to his pit area after racing in the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing Qualifier.
John Tinsley pushes his bike back to his pit area after racing.Julia LaPalme