from American Honda, Torrance, CA:
It was confirmed today that long-time Team Honda superbike racer Miguel Duhamel will race the Gresini Honda RC212V as a wild card entry in the 2007 Red Bull USGP MotoGP class in place of injured rider Toni Elias.
Duhamel last raced the premier Grand Prix class in 1992, but with more career AMA national road racing victories than any other rider in history, Duhamel is well positioned to make the most of his USGP opportunity. “I am very pleased to have this opportunity. I want to take this time to wish Toni a quick recovery. We're all looking forward to seeing him back in action. I spoke with the Gresini team owner this morning and finalized the deal. I'm really super pumped and looking forward to getting out there. It's a tall order for sure. At the very least I hope to put on a good show for the fans. I know I've wanted to see this for a long time. I'll also still be in the AMA Superbike race right after the MotoGP race, so it's going to be a busy day for sure.”
Perhaps nobody is better suited for the challenge than Duhamel, who has four race wins at Laguna Seca, home of the 2007 USGP, and who spent most of his career with American Honda racing two classes, often in the same day. Duhamel was the first rider in AMA history to win three national races on the same weekend, which he accomplished at Virginia International Raceway in 2004.
For more information on Miguel Duhamel and all of American Honda's racing efforts, go to www.hondaredriders.com