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.

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