AFM: Ketelsen Takes Formula Pacific Win At Buttonwillow

AFM: Ketelsen Takes Formula Pacific Win At Buttonwillow

© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By AFM:

Round 2 found the AFM back April 23-24 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park for some close racing in all classes.

Saturday’s Formula 40 Lightweight race came down to a battle between Aaron Tulchinskyon his Aprilia RS 660 and Paul Johnson who was aboard a Yamaha 450 triple. The two swapped positions with each rider leading three out of the six laps. In the end, Paul Johnson took the win by 0.288 second. Derek Powell rounded out the podium riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Sunday’s action started off with the Catalyst Reaction Suspension Tuning-sponsored 450 Superbike race being featured as the lunchtime podium celebration. Daniel Lanuza started on pole and never gave up the top spot, leaving Jay Kinberger and Jesse Sims to battle it out over the remaining podium positions. Sims, who started in second, did his best to hold off Kinberger, but in the end it was Kinberger who took over second place. All riders were aboard Kawasaki Ninja 400’s.

Also before the lunch break was Open Twins, sponsored by People Movers, LLC. Eric “GoGo” Gulbransen got off to a slow start due to clutch issues, which quickly dropped him to last. Jimmy Weidman got out to an early lead by a margin of almost 5 seconds in the first lap. With three laps remaining, Gulbransen was up to third with a 10-second gap to second. Coming to the final lap, Gulbransen was within three seconds of Weidman and putting down lap times four seconds quicker. Corner by corner Gulbransen closed the gap until it came down to a dive bomb pass into the final corner with lapped-traffic. He made it stick and led his KTM 1290 Super Duke R to the checkered flag for the win.

With some of the AFM’s fastest riders participating in the MotoAmerica round happening at Road Atlanta, it was anyone’s guess who would be fighting it out in the AFM’s premier Formula Pacific Class sponsored by Oculus FInancial Group.

Bryce Prince got out to an early lead with the holeshot, Brenden Ketelsen made himself comfortable in second, and Deion Campbell planted himself in third ahead of Gia Myshlyayev, Jackson Burkhart, and Ben Hodges. On lap seven, Prince developed an issue with his ECU causing his bike to shut off mid-corner in Turn Two every lap for the remainder of the race. By the end of the lap, Prince had caught back up to the lead. A mistake by Ketelsen in Turn One allowed Prince to regain the lead until his bike shut off through Turn Two again.

Ketelsen ran the rest of the race mistake-free, keeping the lead to the checkered flag. Prince’s malfunctioning ECU almost cost him second place, but he was able to hold off Ben Hodges who came in third.

Formula 50 Expert

  1. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 1290 Super Duke R)
  2. Roger Baker (Yam YZF-R1)
  3. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Rich Ramirez (BMW S 1000 RR)
  5. Luis Nunes (Yam YZF-R6)
  6. Lee McKenna (Yam YZF-R1)

Formula 50 Novice

  1. Jeff Baldwin (Yam YZF-R6)

Afemme Expert

  1. Annie Lau (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Guadalupe Vega-Tiistola (Yam YZF-R7)

Afemme Novice

  1. Melissa Ward (Duc Panigale 1199)

Formula 40 Lightweight

  1. Paul Johnson  (Yam YZF-R6/4.5)
  2. Aaron Tulchinsky (Apr RS 660)
  3. Derek Powell   (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Aj Shipley (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Yuri Barrigan (Kra HKR EVO2R)
  6. Norbert Katona  (KTM 690 SMC)

Formula 40 Lightweight Novice

  1. Brinton Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Ryan G. Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Christopher Jaspers (Yam MT-07)

CSRA Expert

  1. Mark McKinney (Suz GS750E)
  2. Kevin McKee (Kaw Z1)
  3. Jon Litsey (Hon CB750F)
  4. Darrin Gauvin  (Hon CB900F)
  5. Terry Cheney (Hon CB900F)
  6. Andrew Gray (M-G Le Mans)

CSRA Novice

  1. Steven McNeely (Yam XV920RJ)

Clubman Lightweight

  1. Nayden Balladares (Kaw 400)
  2. Luke Hiesterman (Yam FZ-07)
  3. Andrew Ollivier (Kawi 400)
  4. Ryan Saville (Suz GSX-R600/450)
  5. Christian Cepeda (Yam MT-03)

Formula 40 Heavyweight Expert

  1. Tyler Wolters (Kaw ZX-10R)
  2. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 1290 Super Duke R)
  3. Tyler Jones (Yam YZF-R1)
  4. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S 1000 RR)
  5. Jimmy Weidman (Duc V4)
  6. Rich Ramirez  (BMW S 1000 RR)

Formula 40 Heavyweight Novice

  1. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)
  2. Jason Diaz (BMW S 1000 RR)
  3. Victor Viugov (Yam YZF-R1)

Formula 40 Middleweight Expert

  1. Grant Boldt (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Stephen Rue (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
  5. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
  6. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 Middleweight Novice

  1. Gino Aimo (Suz GSX-R750)
  2. Jeff Baldwin (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Fidencio Lopez (Suzi GSX-R750)

Formula 40 Middleweight Novice

  1. Ray Duque (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Justin Sheard  (Kaw ZX-6R)
  3. Nick Raleigh (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Wilfido Calderon (Yam YZF-R6)

450 Superbike Expert

  1. Daniel Lanuza (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Jay Kinberger  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Jesse Sims (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Bob Simmons (Kaw Ninja 400)

450 Superbike Novice

  1. Nayden Balladares (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Brinton Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Alex George (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Andrew Ollivier (Kaw 400)
  5. Adrian Sanchez (Apr RS250 SP2)

700 Superbike Expert

  1. Paul Johnson  (Yam YZF-R6/4.5)
  2. Jordan Edginton (Suz SV650)
  3. Brandon Souza (Apr RS 660)
  4. William Thaw (Suz GSX-R600/450)
  5. Guadalupe Vega-Tiistola (Yam YZF-R7)

700 Superbike Novice

  1. Luke Hiesterman (Yam FZ-07)
  2. Ryan Saville (Suz GSX-R600/450)
  3. Christopher Jaspers (Yam MT-07)

350 Superbike Expert

  1. Christian Maronian (Yam YZF-R3)
  2. Moua Vang (Yam YZF-R3)
  3. Steve Driscoll  (Yam YZF-R3)
  4. Lisa Kinberger (Yam YZF-R3)
  5. Christopher Ritnoppakun (Yam YZF-R3)
  6. Dylan Benjamin (Apr RS250)

350 Superbike Novice

  1. Kathy Zhao (Yam YZF-R3)
  2. Yasuyoshi Sakamoto  (Yam YZF-R3)
  3. Christian Cepeda (Yam MT-03)

Vintage Expert

  1. Darrin Gauvin  (Hon CB900F)
  2. Kevin McKee (Kaw Z1)
  3. Jon Litsey (Hon CB750F)
  4. Mark McKinney (Suz GS750E)
  5. Andrew Gray   (M-G Le Mans)
  6. CJ Bonura (Kaw KZ1000 MKII)

Open Superbike Expert

  1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)
  2. Ben Hodges (Yam YZF-R1)
  3. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R1)
  4. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R1)
  5. Jackson Burkhart (Yam YZF-R1)
  6. Wes Farnsworth (Apr RSV4)

Open Superbike Novice

  1. Jason S Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R1)
  2. Jarrod Pellizzer (BMW S 1000 RR)
  3. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)
  4. Jason Diaz (BMW S 1000 RR)

750 Superbike Expert

  1. Keir Leonhardt (Suz GSX-R750)
  2. Zach Harrington (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Oscar Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)
  6. Annie Lau (Yam YZF-R6)

750 Superbike Novice

  1. Gino Aimo (Suz GSX-R750)
  2. Garrett Graves (Kaw ZX-6R)
  3. Fidencio Lopez (Suz GSX-R750)
  4. Justin Sheard  (Kaw ZX-6R)
  5. Jeff Baldwin (Yam YZF-R6)
  6. Anh Vo            (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight Superbike Expert

  1. Aaron Tulchinsky (Apr RS 660)
  2. Paul Johnson  (Yam YZF-R4.5)
  3. Brandon Souza (Apr RS 660)
  4. William Thaw  (Suz GSX-R600/450)

Lightweight Superbike Novice

  1. Luke Hiesterman (Yam FZ-07)
  2. Christopher Jaspers (Yam MT-07)

Lightweight Twins Expert

  1. Daniel Lanuza  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Jesse Sims (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Jay Kinberger  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Andrew Gawer (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Norman Smith (Kaw Ninja 400)

Lightweight Twins Novice

  1. Alex George (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Brinton Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Nayden Balladares (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Andrew Ollivier (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Ryan G. Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)

Formula Singles Expert

  1. Troy Siahaan (Kra EVO2R)
  2. Austin Lefevre (Kra EVO2R)
  3. Daniel Buecker (Kra EVO2R)
  4. Yuri Barrigan   (Kra EVO2R)

Formula Singles Novice

  1. Adrian Sanchez (Apr RS250 SP2)

600 Superbike Expert

  1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)
  2. Grant Boldt (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Stephen Rue (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
  6. Steven Arias (Kaw Ninja ZX-6R)

600 Superbike Novice

  1. Ray Duque (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Garrett Graves (Kaw ZX-6R)
  3. Jeff Baldwin (Yamaha YZF-R6)
  4. Anh Vo            (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Justin Sheard  (Kaw ZZ-6R)
  6. Nick Raleigh (Yam YZF-R6)

Open Superstock Expert

  1. Ben Hodges (Suz GSX-R1000)
  2. George Myshlyayev (Kaw ZX-10R)
  3. Tyler Wolters (Kaw ZX-10R)
  4. Joshua Forwood (Apr RSV4)
  5. Jason Nelson  (Kaw ZX-10R)
  6. Daniel Velazco (BMW S 1000 RR)

Open Superstock Novice

  1. Jarrod Pellizzer (BMW S 1000 RR)
  2. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)
  3. Victor Viugov (Yam YZF-R1)

Super Dino Expert

  1. Roger Baker (Yam YZF-R1)
  2. John Nguyen (Suz GSX-R1000)
  3. Craig Grantham (Duc 996)
  4. Jake Barritt (Hon CBR929RR)

Legacy Heavy Expert

  1. Keir Leonhardt (Suz GSX-R750)
  2. John Nguyen   (Suz GSX-R1000)
  3. Lee McKenna  (Yam YZF-R1)
  4. Jake Barritt (Hon CBR929RR)

Open Twins Expert

  1. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 1290 Super Duke R)
  2. Jimmy Weidman (Duc Panigale R)
  3. Craig Grantham (Duc Panigale 1199 RS)
  4. Nick Lambert   (Lig LFR22)
  5. Guadalupe Vega-Tiistola (Yam YZF-R7)
  6. Frank Sindermann (KTM RC 390)

Open Twins Novice

  1. Melissa Ward (Duc Panigale 1199)
  2. Luke Hiesterman (Yam FZ-07)

Formula I Expert

  1. Grant Boldt (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Stephen Rue (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)
  6. Grant Cowan   (Kaw ZX-6R)

Formula I Novice

  1. Ray Duque (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Gino Aimo (Suz GSX-R750)
  3. Anh Vo            (Yam YZF-R6
  4. Justin Sheard  (Kaw ZX-6R)

Formula II Expert

  1. Troy Siahaan (Kra EVO2R)
  2. Daniel Buecker (Kra EVO2R)
  3. Sergio Morales Galvan (Yam TZ250)
  4. Yuri Barrigan (Kra HKR EVO2R)
  5. Johnny Radavero (Yam TZR250R)
  6. Norbert Katona (KTM 690 SMC)

Formula III Expert

  1. Daniel Lanuza (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Alexander Enriquez (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Jesse Sims (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Andrew Gawer (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Christian Maronian (Yam YZF-R3)

Formula III Novice

  1. Nayden Balladares (Kaw 400)
  2. Kathy Zhao (Yam YZF-R3)
  3. Adrian Sanchez (Apr RS250 SP2)
  4. Ryan G. Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Andrew Ollivier (Kaw 400)

Formula IV Expert

  1. Paul Johnson  (Yam YZF-R6/4.5)
  2. Troy Siahaan  (Kra EVO2R)
  3. Brandon Souza (Apr RS 660)
  4. Austin Lefevre (Kra EVO2 R)
  5. Daniel Buecker (Kra EVO2 R)
  6. Aaron Tulchinsky (Aprilia RS 660)

Formula IV Novice

  1. Luke Hiesterman (Yam FZ-07)
  2. Ryan Saville (Suz GSX-R600/450)
  3. Christopher Jaspers (Yam MT-07)

Formula Pacific

  1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)
  2. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)
  3. Ben Hodges (Suz GSX-R1000)
  4. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. George Myshlyayev (Kaw ZX-10R)
  6. Jordan Edginton (Yam YZF-R1)

700 Superstock Expert

  1. Paul Johnson  (Yam YZF-R6/4.5)
  2. Jordan Edginton (Suz SV650)
  3. Brandon Souza (Apr RS 660)
  4. William Thaw (Suz GSX-R600/450)
  5. Guadalupe Vega-Tiistola (Yam YZF-R7)

700 Superstock Novice

  1. Ryan Saville (Suz GSX-R600/450)

450 Superstock Expert

  1. Daniel Lanuza  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Alexander Enriquez  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Jesse Sims  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  4. Jay Kinberger  (Kaw Ninja 400)
  5. Andrew Gawer  (Kaw Ninja 400)

450 Superstock Novice

  1. Nayden Balladares (Kaw Ninja 400)
  2. Andrew Ollivier (Kaw Ninja 400)
  3. Adrian Sanchez (Apr RS250 SP2)
  4. Ryan G. Robinson (Kaw Ninja 400)

350 Superstock Expert

  1. Christian Maronian (Yam YZF-R3)
  2. Steve Driscoll  (Yam YZF-R3)
  3. Lisa Kinberger (Yam YZF-R3)
  4. Moua Vang (Yam YZF-R3)
  5. Nhia Khang (Yam YZF-R3)
  6. Christopher Ritnoppakun (Yam YZF-R3)

350 Superstock Novice

  1. Kathy Zhao (Yam YZF-R3)
  2. Yasuyoshi Sakamoto  (Yam YZF-R3)

600 Superstock Expert

  1. Brenden Ketelsen (Kaw ZX-6R)
  2. Grant Boldt (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Stephen Rue (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Declan van Rosmalen (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
  6. Lei Tian (Yam YZF-R6)

600 Superstock Novice

  1. Ray Duque (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Anh Vo            (Yam YZF-R6)
  3. Nick Raleigh (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Wilfido Calderon (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Jeff Baldwin (Yam YZF-R6)

Open GP Expert

  1. George Myshlyayev (Kaw ZX-10R)
  2. Joshua Forwood (Apr RSV4)
  3. Daniel Velazco (BMW S1000RR)
  4. Jason Nelson  (Kaw ZX-10R)
  5. Jaakko Tiistola (BMW S1000RR)
  6. John Nguyen   (Kaw ZX-10R)

Open GP Novice

  1. Jaycee Sterling (Suz GSX-R1000)

750 Superstock Expert

  1. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
  2. Oscar Fernandez (Yam R6)
  3. Annie Lau (Yam YZF-R6)
  4. Michael Kim (Yam YZF-R6)
  5. Neil Martires (Yam YZF-R6)

750 Superstock Novice

  1. Gino Aimo (Suz GSX-R750)
  2. Jeff Baldwin    (Yam YZF-R6)

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