About the demise of Arenacross Antunez is best known for his five AMA Arenacross Championships, but the Southern California native placed himself on the map well before he headed to the arenas. He was a hot shot amateur rider in the late 1980s, riding the famous R&D Suzuki machines, and his efforts led to a factory Suzuki ride when he turned pro.
In 1997 “Budman” made the tough decision to focus his efforts on arenacross. He was right at home in the tighter indoor arenas, amassing five-straight titles while playing an integral role in bolstering the sport’s popularity. He parlayed that success into a factory Suzuki ride in 2002, scoring a supercross podium and fourth place in the 125 East Supercross standings.
After retiring in 2004, Antunez remained in the industry as a riding coach. “Budman” had already spent a few years around the team coaching Weston Peick, and even had a brief coaching gig with Justin Barcia.