AFM ROUND 1 - BUTTONWILLOW RACEWAY - MARCH 16-17, 2019

It has been a long winter; obviously, it feels this way every winter, time is fixed. After the close of our 2018 season at Thunderhill the waiting game was on. A game that would seemingly never end; I can not recall a wetter start to the track season in California.

But that is all in the past now. The only evidence of the slow start to 2019 at Buttonwillow was the lush green grass. The paddock was full, and the level of competition on track was stunning, from top to bottom.

Starting at the top, with the Hustle Hard Racing Formula Pacific class, things were tight. Andrew Lee was always going to be tough to beat, he took a hat-trick of wins home from the 2018 AFM opener at Buttonwillow, and with a Graves Kawasaki hauler behind him in the pits, knocking him off the top step was going to be a frightful task. Lee was not the only Motoamerica rider on the grid; however, first, he was joined by his new Graves Motorsports teammate, Canadian Braeden Ortt, although Ortt will be riding a 2019 ZX6R.

Bryce Prince was back with his Tuned Racing R6, and he too was ready to embarrass some big bikes. Omega Moto was present with their gorgeous R1 SBK, now with the incredibly quick Cameron Peterson on board....

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