NEWS: On The Box Out East!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

On the Box!

That’s right, we did it! We got on the podium out East!

Since I started travelling to Atlantic Motorsports Park in the 1990s, I have had a love / hate relationship with the place. We either have great results: in the past I have scored a pole position, a win and 2 second place finishes in Canadian Thunder, I qualified on the front row and finished in the top five multiple times in Pro Superbike. Or bad results: like an blowing my shoulder apart or fracturing my wrist and foot. Shubie can be wonderful and also very cruel.

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NEWS: Progress at Calabogie

Thursday, July 14, 2022

When we lined up this past weekend at Calabogie on Saturday and Sunday for the 3rd and 4th CSBK national races of 2022, we had found a much better set up on our Royal Distributing BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR Superbike than last season. At the final round last year, we were struggling with tire life. I could put in a few fast laps at the start of a race, on a new tire, but grip would fall off and so would the lap times.

Superbike racing often appears to be an individual sport. The rider gets all the glory. But rest assured, when racing at a high level, it is 100% a team sport. I am so lucky to have some of the best teammates in the paddock and getting to work with them to solve the ‘racing puzzle” each weekend is one of the reasons I keep coming back every year.

Prior to the national, we had the chance to try some new things at the Pro 6 GP regional a few weeks before. The regional went very well. I won the Pro Superbike race after an epic battle with Ivan Babic that went down to the last lap. To read more about it and see some pictures, please check out the news articles about that race that was published on multiple motorcycle news websites. Such as Inside Motorcycle Pro 6 GP Thiller  or Roadracing World Leon Wins

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NEWS: The Racing Season Has Started!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

About to start the 2022 season

The business of racing is all about results.   That’s the whole point, to line up and find out who’s fastest on the given day.  When the results don’t come it’s hard to remember why we voluntarily put ourselves through the stressful process of preparing and competing.  This past weekend at Grand Bend, at the opening round if the 2022 Canadian Superbike series, we didn’t get the results we were looking for.  Sometimes in racing, it just doesn’t go your way.

But I’m staying positive and focusing on going forward.

A few weeks ago, we raced at the first round of the Pro 6 GP series at Calabogie regional series.  That was a good event for us.  We finished in 4th, fighting for the podium up until the last corner.  Kyle and I had tried a new chassis set up and were able to improve rear tire life after a few laps, compared to last season.  We left there with valuable points needed to defend the Pro 6 GP regional number 1 plate.
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NEWS: A Surprise Regional Superbike Championship Win!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

On Saturday, the 2021 racing season came to a close at Calabogie Motorsports Park with the final round of the CSBK series.  The double header event was added to the schedule in the final weeks of summer, bringing the total number of superbike races to seven.  Like round one, it was a combined event with points counting towards both CSBK and the inaugural Pro 6 GP Calabogie Regional series. The schedule was condensed to hold the event over two days with practice and qualifying on Friday and two Pro Superbike races on Saturday, along with the other classes. Read more…

NEWS: CSBK 2, Too Bad Practice Doesn’t Count

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Sometimes the most difficult part of a race weekend is sitting down to write the race report. This was almost the case this time, but the actual worst part of last weekend was sitting and watching race one, under a tree, in corner eight at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after crashing out of the tail end of the lead pack during race one of the triple header. Not the weekend that we wanted.

The second round of the CSBK season started out for our team in the best way possible. P1 in the first practice! We had spent the days leading up to the event riding with Pro 6 Cycle during their track days. Kyle was able to tune the S1000RR’s electronics and try out a rear linkage, made by Foresaken Motorsports, lent to us by BMW rider Marc Labossiere. By the time Friday morning rolled around, we had the bike dialed. At the end of the session, we threw on a new rear and BAM, a lap time of 1:21.560. Good enough for P1! For perspective, my personal best ever at “Mosport” to that point was a 1:21.455 set during one of the races there in 2018. The pole time in 2019 was a 1:21.598 set by Ben Young. Long story short, we were already at race pace on Friday morning.

I just want to take a moment to congratulate and thank my teammates, Kyle and Jaret, for their amazing work. This season we have changed things up a bit and Kyle has taken over responsibility for the S1000RR data system and tuning the kit ECU’s electronics. He has exceeded my expectations and taken to it like a duck to water. Jaret never shies away from hard work and busts his ass at every event. Between the two of them, they gave me the best motorcycle that I have ever ridden at CTMP. Thanks guys, job well done. Read more…

NEWS: Pro 6 GP Race Report, The Switch Still Works

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Pro 6 GP Regional Calabogie Race Report

The switch still works!

Last Saturday, July 24th, I competed at the Pro 6 GP regional event held at Calabogie. This was the first time that Pro 6 Cycle has independently hosted a one-day regional race and I’m happy and proud to say that it was a great success. There was exciting racing across all the classes and many of the top Pro National Superbike competitors were there including, Tomas Casas (Yamaha), Sam Guerin (BMW) and Ivan Babic (BMW). Sebastien Tremblay, who has been dominating the 600 class, with whom I’ve had lots of good battles with over the years, even showed up with a Kawasaki superbike to mix things up.

 

Photo by Heshan Fahmy

I was flying solo and handled the crew duties as well as riding. My crew chief, Kyle (Blakley) was racing too. He rode his new 600. It was fun to see him in action and cheer him on. He finished 13th in AM 600. I realized how lucky and spoiled I am at the Nationals when I have both Kyle and Jaret spinning wrenches and taking care of everything.

For each class, the day consisted of a 15 minute morning practice, a 20 minute qualifying session and then the race later that afternoon. All did not go as planned, as in racing it rarely does. In the end, it worked out OK.

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NEWS: Calabogie Race Report

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Calabogie Race Report:

Pace.

The rider’s ability to string together multiple laps at, or near, his fastest laptime. This past weekend, at the CSBK 2021 double header season opener race, we had the speed to fight for the podium, but ended up missing the pace to stay with the lead group and make a podium finish happen.

It felt great to finally line up and race after ten months off. We were able to put all the cancelled events behind us and kicked off the 2021 season on July 11th with a two-race event at Calabogie Motorsports Park. The track is one of the finest racing facilities in Canada and home of Pro 6 Cycle who co-promoted the event with CSBK. I crossed the line on the Royal Distributing BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR Superbike in 8th and 7th place at the end of the two races. The results do not tell the whole story. Read more…

NEWS: Leon Announces 2021 Racing Plans

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

It is with great pride that the Royal Distributing Superbike Team announces plans to compete in the 2021 Canadian Superbike Championship and the new regional Pro 6 GP Championship with veteran rider Michael Leon.

Kyle Blakely of Windmill Motorsports and Machine will return as crew chief, with Jaret Whiteside continuing his role as trackside crew.

BMW Motorrad Canada has stepped up support and will be providing additional kit parts to the team to increase the already potent performance of the S1000RR. The team will field the same 2020 BMW S1000RR Superbike that they used to set the fastest laps during both CSBK Pro Superbike races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last August. Read more…

Track Announcer’s Notebook Interview

Friday, February 5, 2021

Looking for something to keep occupied during the long winter lock down. Check out this episode of the Track Announcer’s Notebook to listen to Michael, Jordan Szoke and Sandy Nove being interviewed by Pat Gonsalves.

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The Holeshot!! at Mosport, CSBK Rd 4, 2020

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Watch the last race of the 2020 season as it appeared on TSN.

Michael leads the first laps and was running in 2nd place when the race ends in tears in the rain for the Royal Distributing Superbike Team.  Well……there is always next year.

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