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Name: Miguel Du Hamel
Date of Birth: 26/May/1967
Nationality: Canadian

Miguel, son of legendary Canadian Yvon Du Hamel (who also raced for Kawasaki) had his AMA Superbike championship debut on a Suzuki in 1990, had his world 500cc GP debut in 1992

He was a member of the winning Kawasaki team (with Battastini and Alex Vieira) on a ZXR7 in the Bol'd'Or endurance race in 1991. The following year he also contested the World Endurance Team Championship where his contributions helped Kawasaki France win the title.

He returned to the AMA Superbike championship in 1993 riding all rounds for Team Muzzy on a ZX7R and took 3rd overall at seasons end. During the year he took the first of his four career AMA Superbike wins at Sonoma in a last lap thriller over Doug Polen. He was practically unbeatable in the AMA Supersport championship that same year, which he won riding a Muzzy ZX6.

Du Hamel has been hugely successful in the AMA championships, no rider has won more Superbike races (although Matt Mladin has now closed the gap). None has had a longer Superbike winning streak. And no one other than Miguel has won more 600 Supersport races (or titles) since the series was established in 1987.

He switched to Honda in 1995 and continued with them taking the AMA Supersport chamionship a number of times and entering the AMA superbikes for the team. In 1996 still with Honda he had wins at Pomona, Homestead, Loudon and bet Scott Russell at Daytona (a track normally favoured by Russell) and took 2nd overall behind that years winner Doug Chandler.

Still with Honda for 1997 and despite wins at Brainerd, Lexington, Fountain and Sonoma he was beaten in the championship for the second year running by Kawasaki's Doug Chandler.


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