@cdnsuperbike • (April 29, 2016)-Two-time Mopar CSBK Superbike national champion Michael Taylor of Toronto, ON, confirmed his return to the national motorcycle road racing tour, aboard a Triumph 675R Daytona triple in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
Taylor served as a display rider and celebrity pilot for Kawasaki during the final rounds of the 2015 Mopar CSBK national series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last August, demonstrating the H2R turbo and competing in all three days for the racing debut of the Ninja 300 spec project.
“I’m very pleased to announce that the rumours of my retirement are false,” commented Taylor about his Triumph effort for 2016. “We’ve been working on this for a while, and Triumph’s Chris Ellis has joined me to confirm that I will be aboard the mighty Triumph Daytona 675R for my full-time return to Canadian National action.”
“I will be piloting a new, factory-supplied Triumph in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class as well as Mopar Pro Superbike in 2016,” continued Taylor. “Our program has developed quickly, and we have confirmed support from Goderich Toyota, Mr. Metal, Castrol and Triumph Canada. Team Taylor Triumph welcome negotiations with other interested parties and can be reached at email@example.com.”
Taylor’s most recent full time ride in the Mopar CSBK Series was in 2013, when he competed with success in the since-cancelled Harley-Davidson XR1200 spec series. Prior to that, Taylor competed for both BMW and Ducati in the twins-based Pro Thunder category.
Perhaps Taylor’s greatest fame came as a works Superbike pilot for Canadian Kawasaki Motors, earning the overall Canadian National number one plate twice, in 1994 and 1996. Following his famous “mean green” years, Taylor went on to ride superbikes for Honda Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada and Z-1 Ducati.
Rumored to be in his late 40s, Taylor has struggled to stay retired, and his new Triumph effort marks his most serious plan in more than a decade.