According to Fox New Las Vegas, a Canadian bicyclist was shot in the back of the head with a BB gun while pedaling through Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon recently.
And this was no ordinary Canadian. Miguel Duhamel is arguably Canada’s most successful motorcycle racer of all time, having won the American Motorcyclist Association Champion once; its Supersport title five times; Formula Extreme two more times; and capping it all off with a World Endurance Championship win in 1992.
He escaped all that dangerous high-speed motorcycling relatively unscathed, only to be shot by a passing motorist while out for his daily training run. “A car came behind me like they always do,” the former champion told KVVU-TV, “but this one came up and I heard a shot, like air disperse. It went pow!”
Thankfully, the pellet was partially blocked by his bicycling helmet, but DuHamel still needed attention from paramedics. “I keep touching it, I don’t know if there is still a piece left in my head if it penetrated or not,” said Duhamel.
Duhamel didn’t catch the license plate of the offending car, but did specify it was a Nissan 300Z with special matte black paint, so hopefully the shooter won’t be hard for police to track down. “Hoping for other cyclists, walkers and joggers, that these people don’t just go around and have fun shooting people like that,” said Duhamel.
As for adding that qualifier of being “arguably” the most successful Canadian motorcycle racer of all time, it’s worth noting his main competition for top Canadian in the AMA’s hall of fame is Miguel’s own father, Yvon, who was an absolute terror on Kawasakis in the 1970s. And, as I remember, Duhamel the elder was famous for his temper. The cowards that shot his son better hope the police catch them before Yvon does.
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