December 4, 1974 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mark Linden Bethune used
to ride his Suzuki DS80 to the mall, around the neighborhood, and
anywhere where there was an available piece of real estate to ride
on. His dirt bike was his only mode of transportation, and he used
it like a car. Mark would ride on the street, sidewalk, peopleís
yards - whatever it took to make the ten-minute ride to the mall. He
would also ride to places he was both allowed and not allowed. But
hey, he who is not guilty of riding illegally on the road as a kid
can cast the first stone. Markís racing as a youngster was in the
form of racing the neighborhood kids on makeshift race tracks,
whether it be on foot, skateboards, bicycles or motorcycles for
those fortunate enough to compete in the motorized competition which
consisted of two, three and four wheel dirt bikes.
After high school Mark moved to Alabama to attend Tuskegee
University where he earned a degree in animal science with a minor
in horticulture, both of which are passions of his. Motorcycles,
however, had made such an impact in his life that he pursued them as
a career. While in college Mark progressed from dirt bikes to
various street bikes but it wasnít until he purchased his ZX-9R
Kawasaki that the thought of racing truly entered his mind. Mark and
his friends would ride to the local drag strip and spectate. Trips
to the track became routine which led Mark to emulating what he saw
on the track to practicing on the street. Eventually he starting
entering tune and test nights at the track and honed his skills as a
After college Mark made the decision to pursue a career in
motorcycling. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to search for a prime
location to set up a drag racing business. Mark was under the
impression that there would be a growing desire for drag racing in
the Midwest but found the market to not be good enough to start a
business there. The cold months didnít help with the direction he
thought his shop needed to go. He loved the South and eventually
moved back to Montgomery, Alabama.
While living in Cincinnati Mark met Lauren Jackson through a local
motorcycle club that they each belong to. Her interest in
motorcycles is almost as serious as Markís. The couple has been
inseparable since meeting and have just celebrated the birth of
their third child.
Once back in Montgomery, Mark finally opened the shop he had dreamed
of, Game Over Powersports. In addition to drag racing, Mark got
involved in stunt riding and became known as the man on one wheel in
Montgomery. In his spare time he teaches drag racing and stunt
riding and frequently performs shows at Montgomery Motorsports Park.
Now that Mark has three
children of his own he canít wait to get all three of them riding
their own dirt bikes. With both mom and dad being avid motorcyclist
and drag racers there is no doubt one, if not all three, have a
future in drag racing.
Other Areas of
Residence: Montgomery, AL
Spouse: Lauren Jackson
Children: Dillon (6), Angelina (11 months) & Leah (2 weeks).
Occupation: Owner and Operator of Game Over Powersports
Home track: Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, AL
Accomplishments: Entered many bike classes at various drag
strips, and collected trophies over the years. I also have a show
bike that has won many trophies and recognition.
Goals: To continually improve in the drag racing sport while
being able to compete in many different classes. Expand my
motorcycle business and to become the leading customizing and drag
bike builder in the area, and to provide accessories and products
for street bikes.
History of racing bikes and classes: Street E.T., 5.90 &
Street Bike Shootouts.
Current race bike / class: 2005 GSXR-1000, 2007 GSXR-1000
(Drag bike and Show Bike) & 2009 GSXR-1300 Hayabusa, Short Wheel
Interest outside of racing: Shooting Pool, Hunting, Fishing
Daily driver: Ford F-150
First motorcycle: Suzuki DS80