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Michael Leon will return to Canadian Superbike this season, repping Royal Distributing aboard a BMW S1000 RR.
Leon finished fifth overall last year, with 184 points. Like last year, he’s been working his pre-season game by getting in some mid-winter track time down south, testing the new Dunlop spec tires at Florida’s Jennings GP track.
With series champ Jordan Szoke moving to a Kawasaki next year, other competitors like Ben Young putting on more and more pressure all the time, Tomas Casas getting a litrebike ride with Yamaha and solid podium threats like Leon returning, could this summer’s Pro Superbike class be the most interesting in years? We wouldn’t be surprised! Given that Leon was just starting to get his new-for-2018 BMW figured out last year, we’d expect he’ll pressure the frontrunners more this summer.
Leon Set To Continue Superbike Program In 2019 With Royal Distributing On BMW S1000RR
Canadian racer Michel Leon and the Leon Racing Team is pleased to announce that they will continue to represent Royal Distributing in 2019 while competing in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at tracks across Canada. The team will continue to operate as the Royal Distributing Superbike Team with this year marking the 12th consecutive year that Leon races under the Royal banner. The series will be again be telecast on TSN this summer. “I’m so excited to continue this adventure with Royal Distributing, it has been a great journey and the best is yet to come!” commented Michael.
Returning to the team is Kyle Blakely, who will continue in his role as crew chief. The relationship with Kyle is also a longstanding one. This will be the 5th year that the Ottawa area native and owner of Windmill Motorsports and Machine will head up the team’s trackside support.
Öhlins technician and suspension guru Jonathan Cornwell will continue to play an important role as a consultant helping Kyle and Micheal find positive directions for chassis and suspension setup.
The team will race their well developed, Pro 6 Cycle tuned, 2018 BMW S1000RR Superbike. Small improvements have been done over the winter including the addition of a thumb brake and efforts to lighten the bike.
Michael spent this past weekend riding at at the Jennings GP track in northern Florida testing the new Dunlop N-Tec larger diameter tire that will become the new spec tire in 2019.
The Royal Distributing Superbike Team looks forward to seeing all the fans and fellow racers at the season opener on May 19th at Shannonville.
The Royal Distributing Racing Team would like to thank Royal Distributing, Pro 6 Cycle, Dunlop USA, BMW Motorrad Canada, Windmill Motorsports, Bell Helmets, Joe Rocket Canada, Five Gloves, TCX Boots, Hindle Exhaust, Liqui Moly Canada, Motovan, Performance Friction, Perry Performance, Forsaken Motorsports, Apex Brakelines, GianMajor Inc., Armour Bodies, Woodcraft, MWR Air Filters, Bickle Racing, Dave Smith and Vortex Racing Sprockets.