Get ready to Feel Like A Pro!
You are on your way to your Feel Like A Pro experience at Buttonwillow Raceway Park!
Imagine no loading or unloading motorcycles, no fuel cost, no tire costs, and a pit and hospitality area for you, your family, and friends. We handle all the motorcycle set-up, maintenance, and technical inspections. We offer riding tips and can discuss track strategy. It is the easiest way to get on track, just arrive and ride!
While everyone else is busy getting out to the track and setting everything up for their day, you are relaxing in our canopied hospitality area with snacks and refreshments. Our highly-maintained Ninja 400's will be ready to go. Bring your helmet and leave the rest to us.
You will be riding an all new Kawasaki Ninja 400. The Ninja® 400 offers the largest displacement in its category at 399cc with the sophistication of twin-cylinder power. Approachable power, superb ergonomics and class-leading performance offer a smooth, manageable ride that's ideal for new riders while also alluring experienced riders.
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The AFM, American Federation of Motorcyclists, is a non-profit California corporation that was founded in 1954 by a group of sport riding enthusiasts in the North Bay Area. It is the oldest racing organization in the country dedicated soley to motorcycle road racing.
Northern California has one of the largest populations of sport riders in the country. Many of those sport riders find their way from the areas mountain and canyon roads to the AFM and the race track. Many of them, after a season or two on the track, cut back or quit street racing when the relative safety of pushing their limits on the track becomes clear.
A typical AFM race day will see three to four hundred racers, which will account for up to 700 total race entries. Each new racer is required, before entering a race, to pass an AFM approved NRS from one of these providers, Keigwins, Z² Track Days or Pacific Track Time.
Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Rich Oliver, Steve Rapp and Tony Meiring are a few who've raced with AFM.
The AFM holds races at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) in Sonoma. Sonoma Raceway is known to be a "rider's track", a challenging mountain course where skill and handling are worth more than horsepower or engine size.
The AFM also holds events at the SCCA race tracks, Thunderhill Raceway Park, near Willows, CA (off I-5 north of Sacramento), and Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Buttonwillow, CA (off I-5 south of Bakersfield). Both courses are interesting and quite different... most racers really enjoy these new tracks. The AFM normally runs 2 events each at Thunderhill & Buttonwillow during the season.
On racedays, awards are given to the top finishers in each class and the top novice rider. Points are tabulated towards Season Championships.
Many classes also have contingency or sponsor monies offered by various manufacturers, businesses or shops. The AFM's premier event, The AFM's Formula Pacific Challenge... the fastest riders on the fastest bikes... also has prize and contingency monies.
The AFM welcomes spectators and racers alike, and we try to provide the best show possible with the safest and most responsible crew you are likely to find. We are a volunteer organization and are always looking for interested people to join in the fun.
March 16-17 Buttonwillow *NRSApril 13-14 Buttonwillow *NRSJune 29-30 ThunderhillJuly 27-28 ThunderhillAugust 31-Sept 1 Sonoma *NRSSept 21-22 ThunderhillOctober 19-20 Thunderhill
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