Andrew Lee Takes Formula Pacific Victory At Scorching Thunderhill Raceway Park

Andrew Lee (1) leading Valentin Debise (53) at Thunderhill Raceway Park.

In California, we are very familiar with extreme weather. The 114-degree temperatures ensured conditions were difficult for all this past weekend, July 27th and 28th at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. Riders in all classes would be struggling for grip, endurance, and power all weekend.

The forecast was weighing on the mind of everyone in the AFM paddock this week, and as Friday's track day event concluded, we only saw triple digits in the late afternoon. However, that would be the coldest day of the weekend, with the ambient temperature topping out at 114 on Sunday, and the track being a warm 146.

The heat would claim its first high profile victim before a green flag dropped. During Formula Pacific qualifying, championship leader Jayson Uribe lost the rear end of his Honda exiting the rapid turn 2 and was spit off the bike. Unfortunately, Uribe's bike landed on top of him, trapping him between the bike and the track. Uribe was airlifted from Thunderhill, but he is hoping to make enough of a recovery to ride at Sonoma. Whether or not that is for the MotoAmerica round at Sonoma in two weeks, or AFM Round 5 on August 31, remains to be seen.

Valentin Debise came out of Formula Pacific qualifying on top with a lap of 1:45.579. Uribe qualified second but was ruled out of racing on Sunday. Andrew Lee would then start second, with Wyatt Farris, Jordan Edginton, and Ezra Beaubier rounding out the top five starters.

As always, racing got underway on Saturday afternoon. One of the fiercest on-track rivalries of the season has been in Afemme Lightweight, between Aliki Karayan and Shiree Cano. The two women have gone at it hard all year, and Saturday was no different. Karayan came out the victor this round, by a mere 1.154 seconds after six laps. Cano, however, took home a nice consolation prize, a new lap record for the class, at 2:11.810.

In the Afemme expert class, it was Shelina Moreda who came out the victor on her Yamaha R1 over Daniela Fredrick and Valentine Welch. Moreda was coming off her MotoAmerica Stock 1000 debut at Laguna Seca and was in top form. Moreda would go on to compete in three classes on Sunday, charging through the field from the back to the front in every race. In Open Superbike, Moreda would move up from 18th to 8th place, battling with the boys to the finish. There are certainly a few guys looking over their shoulders at Moreda, but the majority are already chasing her.

The other woman to watch this year is Ashlee Pull on her Yamaha R3. She continued right where she left off at Round 3, winning 300 World Supersport, and 350 Supersport. Unfortunately, in her third race, 350 SBK, a racing incident on the last lap took her out of contention. Pull has had a fantastic season so far, and is near the top of championship in all three classes. And with two rounds still to come at Thunderhill, she has a great chance at the overall championship.

With Uribe out of action, the door was open for Graves Motorsports Kawasaki riders Lee and Debise. Debise set the fastest time in qualifying and won the first 1000cc race on Sunday, Open Superbike, by just under four seconds on his ZX-10R. Lee placed second with Farris rounding out the podium.

On Sunday afternoon, Lee found nearly two seconds over his fastest times in the morning, stretching out a ten second lead over his teammate, Debise, to win the feature Formula Pacific race. AFM number five plate holder, Edginton secured his first-ever Formula Pacific podium on his Yamaha R1, crossing the line third, ahead of Giya Myshlyayev, fourth, and Farris, fifth.

Edginton had a weekend to remember. Riding a Ninja 250, SV650 and Yamaha R1, this season he lives up to the cliche “jack of all trades”. The twenty-four-year-old student from Napa, California, took home first place in Legacy Lightweight and Open GP, in addition to a second place in Middleweight Singles & Twins, and the aforementioned third place in Formula Pacific. To top it off, he added a new class record to the list of Sunday accolades, clocking a 1:58.13 in Legacy Lightweight on his SV650. Edginton is one of the fast men at the club, hence the number five plate, but he is quickly proving he can run with some of the fastest riders in the nation.

On the 600cc machines, Debise would prove dominant on his Graves ZX-6R, winning both Superstock and Superbike over Stephen Rue and Samuel Gluss. Rue popped the motor on his Honda CBR600RR during Friday practice and was forced to ride his girlfriends Yamaha R6. The engine failure proved to be fortuitous for Rue, as he went on to ride amazingly well on the R6, lapping just two tenths off his personal best despite the adverse conditions.

The closest 600 race of the weekend was Formula 1. Debise and the Graves Motorsports team chose to sit this one out. The top three riders were all lapping within two-tenths of one another, and things stayed close all race. Berto Woolridge would take the win on his Yamaha R6, over Thunderhill debutant Daniel Riser. Riser mastered the track on his first weekend and thoroughly impressed on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, adding to his success early in the season at Buttonwillow. Third place was taken by XS Racing rider Nick Lundqvist, who beat out Samuel Gluss for his first-ever Formula I podium. Speaking to Lundqvist after the race, he was very excited with his finish. "It's not my first podium, but it is my first podium in Formula I, or as I like to say, my first real race podium!" Once again, the 600 classes were well attended, with over forty riders registered to race the various classes this weekend.

The AFM will be back in action for Round Five at Sonoma Raceway on August 31.

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*Photo by Max Klein/OxyMoron Photography, courtesy of AFM

Results:

Formula 40 Lightweight

1 Aaron Tulchinsky Yamaha FZ07

2 Jesse Davis Yamaha FZ07

3 Owen Flatley Yamaha R450

4 Michael Souza Suzuki SV650

5 Mark Elrod Honda NC450V


Formula 40 Lightweight Novice

1 Miles Beacham Yamaha R6-450

2 Duncan Thomas Suzuki SV650

3 Jaymes Frost MORIWAKI MD250H


Afemme Lightweight

1 Aliki Karayan Kawasaki Ninja 300

2 Shiree Cano Kawasaki Ninja 300


Afemme Lightweight Novice

1 Krissie Coseteng Yamaha R3

2 Kalen Brock Yamaha Yamaha R3

3 Bridgette LeBer Yamaha R6-450

4 Justine Castle Kawasaki 300

5 Sara Thomas Yamaha R3


400 Supersport

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Marc Edwards Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Nikolas Thompson Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 Brian Bartlow Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Paul Johnson Kawasaki Ninja 400


400 Supersport Novice

1 Aden Thao Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Brandon DeGerald Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Alex Ricci Kawasaki Ninja 400


350 Supersport

1 Ashlee Deskin Yamaha R3

2 Lucky Odisetti Yamaha R3

3 Steve Driscoll Yamaha R3

4 Lisa Kinberger Yamaha R3

5 Eric Rogers Kawasaki 300


350 Supersport Novice

1 Kelton Dockendorf KTM RC390

2 Matthieu Massicotte Kawasaki 300

3 Kimie Sako Kawasaki Kawasaki 300

4 Ozzy Thebe KTM RC390


Clubman Lightweight

1 David Eddie Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Ladislav Teshale Sucik Honda CBR500R

3 Charlie Busa Kawasaki 300


Formula 50

1 Gavin Botha Aprilia RSV4

2 Robert Lazzarini Yamaha R6

3 Haim Beressi Yamaha R6

4 Michael Kim Yamaha R6

5 John Anderson Yamaha R6


Formula 50 Novice

1 Ted Glassford BMW S1000RR

2 Greg Brazell Suzuki GSXR 1000

3 Victor Demitrios Suzuki GSXR 1000


Clubman Heavyweight

1 Trevor Bjorgum Kawasaki ZX10R

2 Scott Turner BMW S10000RR


Afemme Expert

1 Shelina Moreda Yamaha R1

2 Daniela Fredrick Yamaha R6

3 Valentine Welch Suzuki GSX-R450


Clubman Middleweight

1 Hugo Peralta Yamaha R6

2 Luis Nunes Yamaha R6

3 Tyler Bacon Kawasaki ZX6R

4 Jeremy Taubman Suzuki GSXR 750

5 Stuart Clotworthy Yamaha R6


400 Superbike

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Nikolas Thompson Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Paul Johnson Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 Brian Bartlow Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Valentine Welch Kawasaki Ninja 400


400 Superbike Novice

1 Aden Thao Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Brandon DeGerald Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Alex Ricci Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 David Eddie Kawasaki Ninja 400


Legacy Lightweight

1 Jordan Edginton Suzuki SV 650

2 Shane Austin Suzuki SV650

Legacy Lightweight Novice

1 David Rodrigues Honda F4i

2 Duncan Thomas Suzuki SV650


Vintage

1 Kevin McKee Kawasaki Z1

2 Paul Kieffer Suzuki GS1000E

3 Terry Cheney Honda CB900F

4 Mark McKinney Suzuki GS750E

5 Thomas Dorsey Yamaha XJ550R


350 Superbike

1 Lucky Odisetti Yamaha R3

2 Steve Driscoll Yamaha R3

3 Lisa Kinberger Yamaha R3

4 Pao Vang Yamaha R3

5 David Pearce Yamaha R3

350 Superbike Novice

1 Kelton Dockendorf KTM RC390

2 Kimie Sako Kawasaki Ninja 300

3 Matthieu Massicotte Kawasaki Ninja 300

4 Christjan Larsen Yamaha R3

5 Reece Warfield KTM RC390

Open Superbike

1 Valentin Debise Kawasaki ZX-10R

2 Andrew Lee Kawasaki ZX-10R

3 Wyatt Farris Kawasaki ZX-10R

4 George Myshlyayev Kawasaki ZX-10R

5 Tyler Wolters Kawasaki ZX-10R

Open Superbike Novice

1 Trevor Bjorgum Kawasaki ZX-10R

2 Scott Turner BMW S10000RR

3 Christian Meter Yamaha R1S

4 Ted Glassford BMW S1000RR

750 Superbike

1 Berto Wooldridge Yamaha R6

2 Patrick Murphy Yamaha R6

3 Nick Lundquist Yamaha R6

4 Jake Whitcomb Yamaha R6

5 Jesse Carter Suzuki GSXR 750

750 Superbike Novice

1 Jeremy Taubman Suzuki GSXR 750

2 Hugo Peralta Yamaha R6

3 Chris Stewart Kawasaki ZX6R

4 Oue Vang Yamaha R6

5 Tico Curling Suzuki GSXR 750


Lightweight Superbike

1 Jordan Edginton Suzuki SV 650

2 Brandon Crawford Kawasaki Ninja 650

3 Brandon Souza Yamaha R450

4 Aaron Tulchinsky Yamaha FZ07

5 Owen Flatley Yamaha R450


Lightweight Twins

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Marc Edwards Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Nikolas Thompson Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 Brian Bartlow Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Paul Johnson Kawasaki Ninja 400


Lightweight Twins Novice

1 Aden Thao Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Wah Shuen Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Krissie Coseteng Yamaha R3

4 David Eddie Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Ladislav Teshale Sucik Honda CBR500R


Formula Singles

1 Kelton Dockendorf KTM RC390

2 Ozzy Thebe KTM RC390

3 Reece Warfield KTM RC390


600 Superbike

1 Valentin Debise Kawasaki ZX6R

2 Stephen Rue Yamaha R6

3 Samuel Gluss Yamaha R6

4 Robert Brittain Yamaha R6

5 Daniel Riser Kawasaki ZX6R


600 Superbike Novice

1 Hugo Peralta Yamaha R6

2 Chris Stewart Kawasaki ZX6R

3 Stuart Clotworthy Yamaha R6

4 Tyler Bacon Kawasaki ZX6R

5 Nicholas Patane Yamaha R6


Open GP Expert

1 Jordan Edginton Yamaha YZF-R1

2 George Myshlyayev Kawasaki ZX-10R

3 Tyler Wolters Kawasaki ZX-10R

4 Nick Allison Suzuki GSXR1000

5 Kevin Murphy Suzuki GSXR1000


Open GP Novice

1 Trevor Bjorgum Kawasaki ZX10R

2 Ted Glassford BMW S1000RR

3 Donyel Jones-Williams Yamaha R1


Open Twins

1 Jimmy Weidman Ducati Panigale R

2 Matthew Houston Ducati 899

3 Craig Grantham Ducati 996


Super Dino

1 Roger Baker Yamaha R1

2 Stephen Dummit Suzuki GSXR 1000

3 Craig Grantham Ducati 996


Middleweight Singles & Twins

1 Martin Sullivan Suzuki SV650

2 Jordan Edginton Suzuki SV650

3 Brandon Crawford Kawasaki Ninja 650

4 Jesse Davis Yamaha FZ07


450 Superbike

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400R

2 Brandon Souza Yamaha R450

3 Paul Johnson Yamaha R450

4 Max Sawicky Yamaha R450

5 Owen Flatley Yamaha R450


450 Superbike Novice

1 Miles Beacham Yamaha R450

2 Allard Chu Yamaha R450

3 John Rice Yamaha R450


Formula I

1 Berto Wooldridge Yamaha R6

2 Daniel Riser Kawasaki ZX6R

3 Nick Lundquist Yamaha R6

4 Patrick Murphy Yamaha R6

5 Gordon Pull Kawasaki ZX-6R


Formula I Novice

1 Hugo Peralta Yamaha YZFR6

2 Jeremy Taubman Suzuki GX-R 750

3 Tyler Bacon Kawasaki ZX6R

4 Oue Vang Yamaha R6

5 John Jackson Yamaha R6


Formula III

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Marc Edwards Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Brian Bartlow Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 Paul Johnson Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Valentine Welch Kawasaki Ninja 400


Formula III Novice

1 Brandon DeGerald Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Aden Thao Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Kelton Dockendorf KTM RC390

4 Ozzy Thebe KTM RC390

5 Robert Sissons Kawasaki Ninja 300


Formula IV

1 Brandon Crawford Kawasaki Ninja 650

2 Martin Sullivan Suzuki SV650

3 Brandon Souza Yamaha R450

4 Owen Flatley Yamaha R450

5 Jesse Davis Yamaha FZ07


Formula Pacific

1 Andrew Lee Kawasaki ZX-10R

2 Valentin Debise Kawasaki ZX-10R

3 Jordan Edginton Yamaha YZF-R1

4 George Myshlyayev Kawasaki ZX-10R

5 Wyatt Farris Kawasaki ZX-10R


450 Supersport

1 Brandon Souza Yamaha R450

2 Paul Johnson Yamaha R450

3 Max Sawicky Yamaha R450

4 Owen Flatley Yamaha R450

5 Michael Welch Suzuki GSX-R450


450 Supersport Novice

1 Miles Beacham Yamaha R450

2 Allard Chu Yamaha R450


Calishine Racing Ninja 400 Cup

1 Rocco Landers Kawasaki Ninja 400

2 Nikolas Thompson Kawasaki Ninja 400

3 Brian Bartlow Kawasaki Ninja 400

4 Patryk Buchcik Kawasaki Ninja 400

5 Valentine Welch Kawasaki Ninja 400


300 World Supersport

1 Ashlee Deskin Yamaha R3

2 Lucky Odisetti Yamaha R3


300 World Supersport Novice

1 Kelton Dockendorf KTM RC390

2 Kimie Sako Kawasaki Ninja 300

3 Krissie Coseteng Yamaha R3

4 Ladislav Teshale Sucik Honda CBR500R

5 Robert Sissons Kawasaki Ninja 300


600 Superstock

1 Valentin Debise Kawasaki ZX6R

2 Stephen Rue Yamaha R6

3 Samuel Gluss Yamaha R6

4 Robert Brittain Yamaha R6

5 Michael Kim Yamaha YR6


Open Superstock

1 Valentin Debise Kawasaki ZX-10R

2 Andrew Lee Kawasaki ZX-10R

3 George Myshlyayev Kawasaki ZX-10R

4 Tyler Wolters Kawasaki ZX-10R

5 Kevin Murphy Suzuki GSXR1000


Legacy Middleweight

1 Jesse Carter Suzuki GSXR 750

2 Clive Savacool Suzuki GSXR 750

3 Jose Flores Yamaha R6

4 Stephen Dummit Suzuki GSXR 1000


Legacy Middleweight Novice

1 Jeremy Taubman Suzuki GSXR 750

2 Oue Vang Yamaha R6

3 Tyler McFalls Suzuki GSXR-600

4 Ryan Peterson Yamaha YZF-R6

5 Tico Curling Suzuki GSXR 750


750 Superstock

1 Berto Wooldridge Yamaha R6

2 Samuel Gluss Yamaha R6

3 Nick Lundquist Yamaha R6

4 Robert Brittain Yamaha R6

5 Jacob Hennen Yamaha R6


750 Superstock Novice

1 Hugo Peralta Yamaha R6

2 Tyler Bacon Kawasaki ZX6R

3 Tyler McFalls Suzuki GSXR-600

4 Philip Fernandez Yamaha R6