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

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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