AFM season opener preview

AFM kicks off new season this weekend at Infineon Raceway. SONOMA, Calif. - The battle for the coveted No. 1 plate begins this weekend at Infineon Raceway when the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) begins the new season on the twisting...

AFM kicks off new season this weekend at Infineon Raceway.

SONOMA, Calif. - The battle for the coveted No. 1 plate begins this weekend at Infineon Raceway when the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) begins the new season on the twisting Sonoma Valley road course.

Practice will take place on Saturday, with feature events in more than 15 divisions planned for Sunday. Admission is free on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.

Lafayette's David Stanton currently holds the No. 1 plate after winning the premier Formula Pacific Division in 2002, but he'll be tested this season by standout riders like James Randolph (Santa Rosa). Randolph was the 2001 AFM champion.

"I think James is a good rider and I know it's not going to be a cakewalk, but I hope I can position myself to be there at the end and get the No. 1 plate again. That's my goal," Stanton said.

The AFM was founded in 1954 and is the oldest motorcycle club organization in the country, with more than 850 competitive members. The AFM series will feature seven events in 2003, three taking place at Infineon Raceway. Over the years, the AFM has produced such AMA Superbike stars as Eddie Lawson, Fred Merkel and Steve Rapp.

For more information, please visit www.afmracing.org.

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Series Other bike
Drivers Steve Rapp , Eddie Lawson , David Stanton , James Randolph , Fred Merkel