Duhamel Wins In Le Mans

Cycle News Staff | September 7, 2012

AMA racing legend Miguel Duhamel won the FIM e-Power & TTXGP race today at the Le Mans Circuit in France, the veteran road racer coming out of semi-retirement to ride the U.S. Barracuda Racing Team’s electric Lightening motorcycle to victory.

Duhamel battled with Matthias Himmelmann of the Münch Racing Team before coming away with the win.”It was a fantastic race,” said “The Lightning is very powerful but you have to pace yourself to preserve the batteries for the end of the race. It’s the first time I’ve taken part in this type of race. I did 40 test laps this week, that’s all.”

Last year’s champion Himmelmann was out in front for the first few laps, but was then stopped dead on the track.

“A bit of rubber got stuck in the circuit breaker. I found the problem after a general check and then I was able to chase down Miguel.”

In the meantime, his Münch Racing Team teammate Katja Poensgen had a much more serious electrical problem which kept her out for the duration. As a result, she lost the 2012 FIM e-Power International Championship title that goes to Himmelmann for the second year in a row.