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Mar 6, 2013

Corey, Lancaster Start 2013 AFM Season Off With Wins At Buttonwillow

AFM Returns to Action at Buttonwillow

The AFM kicked off its 2013 season with some familiar faces taking wins while a new one made his intentions known to the rest of the paddock. Reigning champion Ricky Corey would hold on for the win in the first Bay Area Riders Forum Formula Pacific race of the year, edging out veterans Lenny Hale, Jeremy Toye and Chris Siglin.

The rider of the day though had to be 16-year-old Tucker Lancaster, who would take his Pirelli-equipped YZF-R6 to two wins, a second place and a sixth place in Formula Pacific, beating out many 1000cc machines in the process. A third win was a near certainty until a mechanical DNF left the young Lancaster pointless instead. Lancaster was also the only 600 rider of the weekend to dip into the 1:48s, only about a second off of Formula Pacific winning times.

After an exciting preview in Open Superbike, Bay Area Riders Forum Formula Pacific would see its largest grid in recent memory as a swarm of racers tried their luck in the AFM's most competitive class. Ricky Corey would enjoy pole position as returning champion, flanked by Chris Siglin, Lenny Hale and Martin Szwarc. Corey would lead from the start on his Dunlop shod YZF-R1, followed by Lenny Hale on his Dunlop shod GSXR-1000. Chris Siglin would be the man on the move though. After losing a spot on the start he responded by pushing his Pirelli-equipped BMW S1000RR HP4 to the fastest lap of the race and past Hale. The fourth lap would be where the race was essentially decided. After passing for the lead, Siglin would run wide out of the exit of the final corner, allowing Corey, Hale and Toye to pass. Toye, also on Pirelli tires, would hold that spot to bring his Kawasaki ZX-10R home in the final podium spot behind the winner Corey and runner up Hale.

“I have to give a huge thanks to Dunlop Racing Tires for helping me figure out my rear end issue from the Open Superbike race,” Corey said from atop the podium. “The track's a little cool this weekend and we were having some issues with some tire compounds. We switched it up and the bike works a lot better.” The win gives Corey a five point lead and pole position for round two at Sonoma Raceway in May.

Other notable racers included Mike Nigliazzo who beat class champion Berto Wooldridge in Formula 1 for his first ever AFM win and Jason Catching who rode his SV650 to wins in 650 Production and 650 Twins. The first race of the season also brought out a fresh class of Novice racers. Standouts included Gage McAllister who split time between an XR1200 and CRF450R to rack up four Novice class wins and Wyatt Marshall who pulled down three wins and five podiums riding a ZX-6R and YZ450F.

Round two brings the series to Sonoma Raceway on May 4th and 5th in what promises to be another exciting weekend of action. For more information about becoming a member, competitor or spectator, please visit www.afmracing.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/afmsports

The AFM would like to extend warm wishes for a speedy recovery to Kenny Anderson who was seriously injured in an accident on Sunday.

RESULTS:

Formula Pacific:
1. Ricky Corey (Yam YZF-R1)
2. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Jeremy Toye (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Chris Siglin (BMW S1000RR)
5. Brian Parriott (Apr RSV4)
6. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6)

Open Grand Prix Expert:
1. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Brian Parriott (Apr RSV4)
3. Dave Stanton (Yam YZF-R1)
4. Jason Lauritzen (Hon CBR1000RR)
5. Harley Barnes (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Tim Scarrott (Suz GSX-R1000)

Open Grand Prix Novice:
1. Evan Treseder (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Kevin Murphy (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Preston Kincaid (Yam YZF-R1)

Open Superbike Expert:
1. Chris Siglin (BMW S1000RR)
2. Ricky Corey (Yam YZF-R1)
3. Jeremy Toye (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Brian Parriott (Apr RSV4)
5. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Dave Stanton (Yam YZF-R1)

Open Superbike Novice:
1. Evan Treseder (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Preston Kincaid (Yam YZF-R1)
3. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
4. Kevin Murphy (Suz GSX-R1000)

Open Production Expert:
1. Jason Lauritzen (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. Tim Scarrott (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Greg McCullough (Hon CBR1000RR)
4. Jesse Carter (Apr RSV4)
5. Scott Miles (BMW S1000RR)
6. Joy Higa (Suz GSX-R1000)

Open Production Novice:
1. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. David LaBree (Suzuki GSX-R750)

750cc Superbike Expert:
1. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6)
2. C.J. Weaver (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R600)
4. Dave Raff (Duc 848)
5. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

750cc Superbike Novice:
1. Wyatt Marshall (Kaw ZX-6R)
2. Jordan Edginton (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Robert Lazzarini (Hon CBR600RR)
4. David LaBree (Suz GSX-R750)

750cc Production Expert:
1. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Mike Nigliazzo (Yam YZF-R6)
4. C.J. Weaver (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Cameron Gish (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Craig Mason (Yam YZF-R6)

750cc Production Novice:
1. Wyatt Marshall (Kaw ZX-6R)
2. Yovany Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Manuel Hernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Jovan Betton (Tri 675R)
5. David LaBree (Suz GSX-R750)

600cc Superbike Expert:
1. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Mike Nigliazzo (Yam YZF-R6)
3. C.J. Weaver (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R600)
5. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Andrew Zabzdyr (Yam YZF-R6)

600cc Superbike Novice:
1. Andy Marinshaw (Suz GSX-R600)
2. Wyatt Marshall (Kaw ZX-6R)
3. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Sergio Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Yovany Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Robert Lazzarini (Hon CBR600RR)

600cc Production Expert:
1. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Mike Nigliazzo (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6)
5. C.J. Weaver (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Andrew Zabzdyr (Yam YZF-R6)

600cc Production Novice:
1. Wyatt Marshall (Kaw ZX-6R)
2. Yovany Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Andy Marinshaw (Suz GSXR-600)
5. Sergio Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Manuel Hernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

450cc Superbike Expert:
1. Dave Moss (Hon VFR428)
2. Jon Forman (Kaw ZX400)
3. Mark Elrod (Hon VFR400)
4. Eric Thompson (Suz)
5. Dan Azar (Kaw ZX400)
6. David Kresse (Suz)

450cc Superbike Novice:
1. Adam Schindler (Hon CRF450R)
2. Matt Verheaghe (Kaw 250R)

250cc Superbike Expert:
1. Eric Thompson (Yam YZ450F)
2. Ari Henning (Hon CBR250R)
3. Kenny Anderson (Kaw 250R)
4. Mark McKinney (Kaw 250R)
5. Robert Wetterau (Kaw 250R)
6. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)

250cc Superbike Novice:
1. Gage McAllister (Hon CRF450R)
2. Adam Schindler (Hon CRF450R)
3. Brad Munson (Kaw 250R)
4. Darin Wade (Kaw 250R)
5. Rob Reis (Kaw 250R)
6. Eric Milina (Kaw 250R)

250cc Production Expert:
1. Kenny Anderson (Kaw 250R)
2. Ari Henning (Hon CBR250R)
3. Kirk Korenko (Kaw 250R)
4. Mark McKinney (Kaw 250R)
5. Eric Kondo (Kaw 250R)
6. Robert Wetterau (Kaw 250R)

250cc Production Novice:
1. Brad Munson (Kaw 250R)
2. Darin Wade (Kaw 250R)
3. Rob Reis (Kaw 250R)
4. Eric Milina (Kaw 250R)
5. David Stefani (Kaw 250R)
6. Chad Baird (Kaw 250R)

Open Twins Expert:
1. Steve Metz (Duc 1198)
2. Eric Gulbransen (KTM RC8)
3. David Raff (Duc 848)
4. Bud Anderson (Duc 1098)
5. Brendan Walsh (Duc)
6. Ken Casey (Duc 848)

650cc Twins Expert:
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Michael Gilbert (Suz SV650)
3. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
4. Brian Bartlow (Kaw 650R)
5. Micky Fitzpatrick (Suz SV650)
6. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)

650cc Twins Novice:
1. Gage McAllister (H-D XR1200)
2. Ivan Lozano (Suz SV650)
3. Bassem Abdouini (Suz SV650)

650cc Production Expert:
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Brian Bartlow (Kaw 650R)
3. James Strauch (Suz SV650)
4. Tom Dorsey (Suz SV650)
5. Logan Hanks (Suz SV650)
6. Stephen Smith (Suz SV650)

500cc Twins Expert:
1. Dan Azar (Kaw 250R)
2. Robert Wetterau (Kaw 250R)
3. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)
4. Patryk Buchcik (Kaw 250R)
5. Sean Corbin (Kaw 250R)
6. Bryan Edginton (Kaw 250R)

500cc Twins Novice:
1. Brad Munson (Kaw 250R)
2. Darin Wade (Kaw 250R)
3. Matt Verheaghe (Kaw 250R)
4. Tony Rosa (Kaw 250R)

Formula One Expert:
1. Mike Nigliazzo (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Neil Atterbury (Suz GSX-R750)
4. Dave Glenn (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Peter Kemling (Kaw ZX-6R)

Formula One Novice:
1. Andy Marinshaw (Suz GSX-R600)
2. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Sergio Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Jordan Edginton (Suz GSX-R750)
5. David LaBree (Suz GSX-R750)
6. Digby Norris (Suz GSX-R600)

Formula Two Expert:
1. Michael Altamirano (Yam TZ250)
2. Kevin Winter (Yam TZ250)
3. Roger Baker (Yam TZ250)
4. Richard Denman (Hon RS250)
5. Erik Kolstoe (Yam TZ250)
6. Andrew Duafala (Yam TZ250)

Formula Four Expert:
1. Michael Gilbert (Suz SV650)
2. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
3. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
4. Brian Bartlow (Kaw 650R)
5. Dustin Coyner (Suz SV650)
6. Mickey Fitzpatrick (Suz SV650)

Formula Four Novice:
1. Gage McAllister (H-D XR1200)
2. Ivan Lozano (Suz SV650)
3. Bassem Abdouni (Suz SV650)
4. Pierson Washer (Suz SV650)

Formula Singles Expert:
1. Norbert Katona (KTM)
2. Eric Thompson (Yam YZ450F)
3. John Stark (Husaberg)

Formula Singles Novice:
1. Gage McAllister (Hon CRF450R)
2. Wyatt Marshall (Yam YZ450F)
3. Adam Schindler (Hon CRF450R)

Super Dinosaur Expert:
1. Patrick Corcoran (Duc)
2. Guy Hyder (Hon RC51)
3. Roger Baker (Kaw)
4. Robbie Usher (Suz)
5. Corey Clough (Kaw GPZ550)
6. Joseph Jordan (Hon)

Super Dinosaur Novice:
1. Darius Khashabi (Yam YZF-R1)
2. Jordan Edginton (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Dennis Romney (Hon)

Vintage Expert:
1. Corey Clough (Kaw GPZ550)
2. Andrew Simsak (BMW)
3. Timothy Silva (Yam)
4. Brian Mitchell (Moto Guzzi)

Afemme Expert:
1. Joy Higa (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Zoe Rem (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Jennifer Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Nadieh Schoots (Yam YZF-R6)

Afemme Novice:
1. LaRay Chambers (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 Heavyweight Expert:
1. Dave Stanton (YZF-R1)
2. James King (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Warren Williams (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Jesus Sanjurjo (Kaw ZX-10R)
5. Mike Martin (Yam YZF-R1)
6. Stan Roose (Kaw ZX-10R)

Formula 40 Heavyweight Novice:
1. Preston Kincaid (Yam YZF-R1)

Formula 40 Middleweight Expert:
1. Neil Atterbury (Suz GSX-R750)
2. Tom Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Dave Glenn (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Steven Zoumaras (Hon CBR600RR)
5. Mark Bregar (Suz GSX-R750)
6. Bret Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 Middleweight Novice:
1. Robert Lazzarini (Hon CBR600RR)
2. Jahan Raissi (Tri 675R)
3. Digby Norris (Suz GSX-R600)
4. Mike Nash (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Gary Schneider (Duc)

Formula 40 Lightweight Expert:
1. Brian Bartlow (Kaw 650R)
2. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
3. James Strauch (Suz SV650)
4. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
5. Tom Dorsey (Suz SV650)
6. Jon Forman (Suz SV650)

Formula 40 Lightweight Novice:
1. Pierson Washer (Suz SV650)

Clubman Heavyweight:
1. Darius Khashabi (Yam YZF-R1)
2. Even Treseder (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
4. Kevin Murphy (Suz GSX-R1000)

Clubman Middleweight:
1. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Andy Marinshaw (Suz GSX-R600)
3. Yovany Alvarez (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Manuel Hernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Wyatt Marshall (Kaw ZX-6R)
6. Sergio Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

Clubman Lightweight:
1. Gage McAllister (H-D XR1200)
2. Bassem Abdouini (Suz SV650)
3. Pierson Washer (Suz SV650)
4. Ivan Lozano (Suz SV650)
5. Brad Munson (Kaw 250R)
6. Kenny Anderson (Kaw 250R)




More, from a press release issued by RCR Performance:

After not having raced at Buttonwillow Raceway since 2010 due to rain-outs in 2011 and 2012 it was good to be back at this track again to start the 2013 season. The grid for Formula Pacific was the largest I have seen for many years and the level of competition lined up to do battle promised to make it an exciting and challenging race weekend.

RCR Performance (Ricky Corey Racing - www.rickycoreyracing.com) is defending the current 2012 #1 plate for the AFM Formula Pacific Championship and is now the points leader for the 2013 AFM Formula Pacific Championship Series after the first round.

"We went into this race weekend knowing that we were going to have some tough competition and that's exactly what we got. The level of competition and the largest Formula Pacific grid in years, made for a challenging and entertaining race weekend, along with track conditions that were not ideal due to low temperatures and cloud cover reducing track temperatures, equaling low grip levels. From the start of the Formula Pacific race, all the way to the end it was a struggle to keep my RCR Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 from spitting me off from all of the rear wheel spin. The bike is making a bit more power this season making it even more difficult to ride on this track where I can only get to full throttle for maybe 3 seconds out of an entire 1:47 second lap. Fortunately, I was able to get the hole-shot at the start of the race and hold the lead until lap 4 when Chris Siglin made a pass on me a few turns before the front straight. Chris led for a couple of turns until his rear tire started to slide entering turn 11 and he was unable to keep the bike on the track. I was then able to stretch the lead out to around 2 seconds ahead of new second place runner Lenny Hale, giving me enough of a gap to keep an eye on my pit board and maintain a comfortable pace to secure the victory."

Formula Pacific On-Board Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyAbwltZY6A

RCR is also the 2012 AFM Open Superbike Champion and is competing for the 2013 AFM Open Superbike Championship. RCR placed second after a hard fought battle with Jeremy Toye and Chris Siglin in this race.

"Similar to the Formula Pacific race I was able to get the hole-shot in Open Superbike but was unable to maintain the advantage over Jeremy Toye for very long. Toye and I had a fantastic battle throughout the entire race, swapping positions almost every lap. The battle slowed our pace enough by the end of the race to allow Chris Siglin to catch up and make his move to take the lead. Coming out of the last turn on the last lap with Siglin in the lead and Toye in second, I had to rely on a good drive and the brute horsepower of my RCR Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 to get by Toye down the straight and secure 2nd place."

Open Superbike On-Board Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Zamz3ELEk

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the AFM staff and turn workers for putting on such a well organized and safely run race weekend.

We also want to send out a special thank you to all of the sponsors that help make the RCR Performance race team successful, race in and race out.

RCR Performance - Engines Built to Win!
Corey & Son's Paving
Axial Video Systems
San Jose Yamaha
Graves Motorsports
Accu-Products
Dunlop Racing Tires
Brake Tech Rotors
Ferodo Brake Pads
ERC Racing Fuel
GP Frame and Wheel
Zooni Leathers
Kyle Racing