Don’t Call It a Comeback – Miguel Duhamel Riding as an AMA Wild Card at Laguna Seca

07/15/2010 @ 3:08 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Dont Call It a Comeback   Miguel Duhamel Riding as an AMA Wild Card at Laguna Seca Miguel Duhamel Infineon Raceway 560x373

AMA superstar Miguel Duhamel will return to superbike racing for the first time since the 2009 Daytona 200, riding as a wild card at the Laguna Seca round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series held during the Red Bull Gran Prix weekend. The eight-time AMA Pro Road Racing Champion won virtually all his races on a Honda, but for Seca he’ll be riding with Moto Forza – NovaTac Racing Ducati.

Duhamel has the all-time win record in AMA Pro Road Racing, with 86 victories to his name. Five of those wins came from Laguna Seca, which makes Duhamel a potent rider at the course for the GP weekend, despite Moto Forza – NovaTac having a less than competitive package with their Ducati.

Sponsoring Duhamel’s ride is TERI (Training, Education & Research Institute) a private, non-profit agency serving the needs of children and adults with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities, and their families. Moto Forza – NovaTac has partnered with TERI, in an effort to raise awareness for this rapidly expanding disability.

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to combine our passion for racing with TERI’s efforts. We applaud their openness to explore new avenues of communication to bring this growing disability to the public’s eye, and to have Miguel Duhamel join us in that effort is simply phenomenal” said Renggli, owner of Moto Forza.

Reportedly after attending an AMA race at Road America with AMA Pro Racing COO David Atlas, Duhamel was said to be impressed with the series, which prompted his desire to return to the AMA. Originally Duhamel had been looking for a ride with Erion Honda, but has obviously instead found an entry back into AMA Pro Racing with a Ducati instead.

If the race at Laguna Seca goes well for Duhamel and Moto Forza – NovaTac, and the team can secure more funding, Miguel Duhamel may race at other races on the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing calendar.

Source: Moto Forza – NovaTac & AMA Pro Racing; Photo: Don France – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Comment:

  1. Deez Toolz says:

    Miguel came out to a few of the Take it 2 The Track (www.ti2tt.com) trackdays out at Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Pahrump Nevada recently. He was riding the privateer Ducati from MotoForza, as mentioned above.

    He was absolutely flying. It was awesome to have someone at his level putting down laps with us commoners. We were seeing low 1:30’s out of him, and were really impressed. Good job, Miguel!

    Never know who you’re going to see when you’re out there.

  2. Tom says:

    AMA racing still exists?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  3. Steve says:

    All the best to you Miguel. I remember racing with your dad Yvon when he rode Kawasakis for Bob Hansen and the factory on the H1 and H2. He was fast and fearless. He would either win or crash. I followed your carreer and always admired the rider you became. You never gave up like the highside in turn 2? at Daytona…you got back up and kicked ass. The AMA has morphed into a thick gellitinsh mass of gooo and I have zero respect for them and will never again have anything to do with that arrogant spinless organization. As far as you go, it seems the apple really does not fall far from the tree. Good luck Miguel!

    Steve Lang

  4. Jake says:

    This was a failure… Was hoping to see Miguel kick butt but the bike blew up!? Moto-Forza = FAIL!