Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Another interesting note in the history of the Kawasaki H1 is the following quote. I have shamelessly copied and pasted here, AMA source (they need all the press they can get).
I remember those exciting days: a Canadian rider showing the AMA racers his chops, giving Kawasaki first AMA win, while Mike Duff shows the WMF his stuff too on the world circuit. I watched Yvon race at Mosport but, sadly I only saw son Miguel race on Speed channel. Brother Mario was no slouch either. Father and two sons, all accomplished racers.
"The company (Kawasaki) was known for making fast, three-cylinder, two-stroke racers, and Kawasaki needed an expert rider to handle the explosive and narrow powerband of the bike. Duhamel proved to be one of the few riders in the world who could tame this wild beast of a machine. He gave Kawasaki its first AMA national victory in September, 1971 at Talladega, Alabama. From 1971 to 1973, Duhamel was the winningest rider for Kawasaki, earning five national victories for Team Green during that period."
Last edited by Smiley; 11-15-2015 at 04:16 PM.