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Oct 4, 2010

Earnest Wins Formula Pacific Race, Tigert Earns AFM #1 Plate At Thunderhill

At the start of the Formula Pacific race at Thunderhill - the final round of the 7 race AFM season - it was Chris Siglin taking the holeshot on his Boulder Motorsports Ducati, desperate for a win with a 20 point deficit to championship points leader Jeff Tigert. Siglin's lead was short lived as field engulfed soon afterwards, with James Randolph, David Stanton, and Michael Earnest all slipping past early in the first lap. Together, the three at the front immediately put a gap on Siglin and the rest of the field, with Earnest charging up to second by the end of the first lap.

It wasn't long until Earnest made his way past Randolph and into the lead, looking strong at the front on his EDR Motorsports Suzuki. Riding his Mach 1 Motorsports Yamaha, Stanton also made his way past Randolph in pursuit of Earnest, eventually taking over the lead when Earnest experienced a false neutral on the brakes in Turn 14. In the meantime, Siglin saw his championship hopes evaporate as he lost touch with the front runners, struggling to keep Ricky Corey and his well-developed Graves Motorsports Yamaha behind him. A little further back, Honda R&D rider and current WSMC number one Jeff Tigert calmly watched the action unfold on his CM Motorsports tuned Honda, playing it safe with the championship in his sights.

After losing the lead to Stanton, Earnest quickly gathered himself for one more charge, making his way back into the lead with two laps to go. Stanton looked for a way to counter but was unable to make it happen, as Earnest went on to take his third Formula Pacific victory of the year. Stanton finished second, with Randolph third.

"I talked to Dave last week, and said I was looking forward to racing with him," Earnest stated after the race. "I told him - it's me and you, we're going to go for it! It's been a little while since we had been able to go together like that. My EDR Performance GSX-R1000 was going great, it was a great race. And I'm just happy to finish off the year with a win!"

With two wins and two second place finishes on the weekend, Stanton seemed happy with the weekend, despite coming up just short of his second Formula Pacific victory of the season.

"When Michael made that mistake going into 14, I couldn't believe it!" said Stanton, who split his weekend between his Mach 1 Yamaha and a BMW S1000R. "He got by me with about two to go, and I tried to get him a couple of times on that last lap, but I just couldn't do it. I think everyone else chose a softer tire, while I went with a harder one. I could see the guys moving around, Michael was definitely moving around. I just didn't have anything for him - my hat's off to him!"

With two race wins earlier in the day on his KTM RC8, many thought Randolph would be the man to beat in the FP race, despite injuring his shoulder almost two months ago at the last round.

"I feel like I've made a full recovery, my shoulder feels great," said Randolph. "I've been riding the bicycle a lot, I weigh a few pounds less now! I wanted to have a little bit more for David and Michael, and in some places I did - but I'm just happy to end the year with a podium."

Despite finishing well down the order in 7th, Tigert finished the season with his second AFM number one plate, with 301 points to Siglin's 285.

"It's been an amazing year, there's a lot of tough guys up here," said Tigert, "I only won two of the seven races, it's not like I'm up there winning every time! I had to do it with consistency, tried to ride smart most of the year, taking my chances when I had to. The level of competition just seemed crazy, you had 5 or 6 guys who could win it on any given day - that just made it mean all that much more to me!"

AFM Round 7
October 2-3, 2010
Thunderhill Raceway
Unofficial Results, Top 6 per Class

Formula Pacific
1. Michael Earnest (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. David Stanton (Yam YZF-R1)
3. James Randolph (KTM RC8)
4. Ricky Corey (Yam YZF-R1)
5. Chris Siglin (Duc 1098R)
6. Martin Szwarc (Suz GSX-R1000)

CT Racing Open Superbike
1. David Stanton (Yam YZF-R1)
2. Martin Szwarc (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Scott Wilson (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Gabriel Santa Coloma (Hon CBR1000RR)
5. Chris Siebenhaar (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Mathew Orange (Suz GSX-R1000)

750 Superbike
1. Lenny Hale (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Jesse Carter (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Kevin Nekimken (Suz GSX-R750)
4. Brian Stone (Suz GSX-R750)
5. Matt Presting (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Nick Hayman (Duc 999)

Pacific Track Time 600 Superbike
1. Lenny Hale (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Tyler O'Hara (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Jason Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Matt Presting (Yam YZF-R6)

450 Superbike
1. Thomas Dorsey (Apr 550)
2. Dave Moss (Hon VFR400)
3. Vlastimil Kotyza (Yam FZR400)
4. Mark Elrod (Hon VFR400)
5. Aleksandr Anatichuk (Yam FZR400)
6. David Wallis (Hon VFR400)

250 Superbike
1. Peter Le Duc (Hon)
2. Richard Capps (Kaw KX450F)
3. Alex Florea (Hon CRF450R)
4. Charles C.J. Weaver (Kaw EX250)
5. Brian Bartlow (Kaw EX250)
6. Mark McKinney (Kaw EX250)

The Track Club Open Production
1. Gabriel Santa Coloma (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. Jesse Carter (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Ken Casey (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)
5. Anthony Manciu (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Tim Scarrott (Suz GSX-R1000)

750 Production
1. Lenny Hale (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Kevin Nekimken (Suz GSX-R750)
4. Jason Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Brian Stone (Suz GSX-R750)
6. Ricardo Vizcaino (Yam YZF-R6)

Keigwins@theTrack 600 Production
1. Lenny Hale (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Tyler O'Hara (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Jason Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)

650 Production Twins
1. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
2. Thomas Dorsey (Suz SV650)
3. Alan Cunningham (Suz SV650)
4. Stephen Smith (Suz SV650)
5. Patrick Murphy (Suz SV650)
6. Charles Almy (Suz SV650)

250 Production
1. Brian Bartlow (Kaw EX250)
2. Mark McKinney (Kaw EX250)
3. Charles C.J. Weaver (Kaw EX250)
4. Kirk Korenko (Kaw EX250)
5. Nick Grice (Kaw EX250)
6. Dan Sewell (Kaw EX250)

CityBike Open Grand Prix
1. James Randolph (KTM RC8)
2. David Stanton (BMW S1000R)
3. Martin Szwarc (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Gabriel Santa Coloma (Hon CBR1000RR)
5. Scott Wilson (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Jesse Carter (Suz GSX-R750)

Scuderia West Formula 1
1. Lenny Hale (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Jesse Carter (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Matt Presting (YZF-R6)
5. Greg McCullough (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Jose Flores (Suz GSX-R600)

Formula 2
1. Brian Hoffman (Hon RS250)
2. Michael Altamirano (Yam TZ250)
3. Erik Kolstoe (Yam TZ250)
4. Sergio Galvan (Yam TZ250)
5. Andrew Duafala (Yam TZ250)
6. Andre Benguerel (Hon RS250)

Formula 3
1. Peter Le Duc (Hon)
2. Phillip Krenn (Hon RS125)
3. Jayson Uribe (Hon RS125)
4. Gwyn Lewis (Hon RS125)
5. John Kreidle (Hon RS125)

Formula 4
1. Neill O'Reilly (Suz SV650)
2. Jay Avansino (Suz SV650)
3. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
4. David Raff (Suz SV650)
5. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
6. Scott Lesniewski (Suz SV650)

Desmoto Sport Open Twins
1. James Randolph (KTM RC8)
2. Chris Siglin (Duc 1098R)
3. Steve Metz (Duc 1198)
4. Patrick Blackburn (Duc 1098)
5. Eric Gulbransen (KTM RC8)
6. Shane Turpin (Duc 1098)

650 Twins
1. Jay Avansino (Suz SV650)
2. Neill O'Reilly (Suz SV650)
3. David Raff (Suz SV650)
4. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
5. Robert Campbell (Suz SV650)
6. Scott Lesniewski (Suz SV650)

500 Twins
1. Leonard Barker Jr (Kaw EX500)
2. Vik Anderson (Suz SV500)
3. Robert Clifford (Suz)
4. Brian Bartlow (Kaw EX250)
5. Richard Appel (Kaw EX500)
6. Chris Barbour (Suz GS500)

Formula Singles
1. Richard Capps (Kaw KX450F)
2. Peter Le Duc (Hon)
3. Alex Florea (Hon CRF450R)

Formula 40 Heavyweight
1. David Stanton (BMW S1000R)
2. Patrick Blackburn (Duc 1098)
3. Ron Bunten (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Patrick Corcoran (Suz GSX-R1000)
5. Mark Hindman (Unlisted)
6. Mark Henry (Duc 1098)

Formula 40 Mediumweight
1. Nick Hayman (Duc 999)
2. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Kelly Barnett (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Roi Holster (Yam YZF-R6)
5. James Hendricks (Suz GSX-R600)
6. Garry Bannister (Suz GSX-R750)

Formula 40 Lightweight
1. Dan Sewell (Suz SV650)
2. Jay Avansino (Suz SV650)
3. Robert Campbell (Suz SV650)
4. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
5. Thomas Dorsey (Suz SV650)
6. James Strauch (Suz SV650)

Formula AFemme
1. Christie Cooley (Hon CBR600RR)
2. Zoe Rem (Hon)
3. Jennifer Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Kathy Reilly (Unlisted)
5. Sara Probert (Suz GSX-R750)
6. Stacy Menas (Suz GSX-R750)

Tag Team Heavyweight
1. Tim Scarrott, Eric Morris
2. Ron Bunten, Richard Stanco
3. Martin Ayala, David Hutton
4. Jesse Carter, Harley Barnes

Tag Team Middleweight
1. David Ben-Jamin, Sam Richards
2. Robert Brown, Bobby McCourt

Tag Team Lightweight
1. Jonathan Forman, Thomas Dorsey
2. Alan Cunningham, Brad Gyger

Super Dinosaur
1. Spencer Smith (Hon)
2. Roosevelt Charles (Hon)
3. Paul Rico (Yam)
4. Andrew Clay (Duc)
5. Eric Thompson (Hon)
6. Ed Haazer (Kaw KZ1000)

Vintage
1. Timothy Silva (Hon)
2. Brian Mitchell (MG)

Clubman Heavyweight
1. Ian Oss (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Richard Stanco (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Blaine Bessler (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Michael Aaron Cohen (Yam YZF-R1)
5. Brian Woodiwiss (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Aleksandr Anatichuk (Suz GSX-R600)

Clubman Middleweight
1. Mike Nigliazzo (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Cameron Hart (Kaw ZX-6R)
3. Aleksandr Anatiychuk (Suz GSX-R600)
4. Eric Hobbs (Suz GSX-R600)
5. Micah Larson (Suz GSX-R600)
6. Yusaku Sako (Hon)

Clubman Lightweight
1. Rory Kamper (Suz SV650)
2. Mitch Joseph (Suz SV650)
3. Brad Gyger (Suz SV650)
4. Frank Shermoen (Suz SV650)
5. Stephen Smith (Suz SV650)
6. Aleksandr Anatichuk (Yam FZR400)