Riders competing in the Canadian Superbike Championship finale will pay tribute to the late Yvon Duhamel at Calabogie Motorsports Park this weekend, as all competitors will be issued a special “YD17” tech sticker for the two-day special event, September 17-18.
The sticker is a modern re-design of Duhamel’s personal YD17 logo, pictured below on the front windscreen of his Kawasaki KR750. The modern version was designed by Molly Fraser and created by Courtney Bickle of Bickle Racing.
Widely considered one of the greatest Canadian racers of all time, Duhamel excelled in numerous areas of motorsport, including what is now the CSBK series. Outside of Canada, Duhamel won a handful of races in the United States and performed admirably overseas, including a win and podium in the Netherlands against the likes of Giacomo Agostini and other Grand Prix talent.
The Montreal, QC native was just as exceptional in other disciplines, winning the 1970 World Snowmobile Championship, multiple motocross and ice racing events, and performing strongly in both NASCAR and sports cars.
The father of legendary Canadian racer Miguel Duhamel and former endurance star Mario, Yvon passed away last month at the age of 81.
His sticker will feature on the front fender of all CSBK machines, as is traditional with the series-issued tech decals. The sticker can be seen here on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Alex Dumas, who will be looking to make history this weekend in his quest for his first Pro Superbike championship.
Duhamel’s full biography can be found on the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame website, as well as the AMA’s Motorcycle Museum website.