This will mark the 10th season that Leon will compete under the Royal Distributing banner. The team’s program will be very similar to last year, with Michael competing on the 2016 BMW S1000RR Superbike on which he earned fourth place overall in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship and won the RACE Superseries Pro Superbike Championship.
The long relationship between Leon and Royal Distributing began in 2008, when he raced for the KTM Canadian Thunder Factory effort which was sponsored by Royal Distributing alongside the KTM Canadian motocross team. Since then, Michael has received support from the large motorsport apparel and accessory retailer.
“John Mochrie and Scott Spark have made it a pleasure to represent Royal," says Leon. "They are huge motorsports fans; they really enjoy seeing their presence out there, from road racing to motocross, snowmobile racing and even auto racing. It has been fun to keep such a long relationship, which is rare in motorsports. They are great people to work with and reperesent.”
Another long relationship for Leon is the one with Pro6 Cycle and Dunlop tires. He will defend the No. 1 plate in Shannonville’s RACE Superseries riding on Dunlop N-Tec slicks, which he used to win each Superbike race in that series in 2016. The RACE Superseries is an open-tire championship that allows competitors to choose whichever brand they wish. Pro 6 Cycle will continue its BMW demo program which offers BMW S1000RR demo rides to qualified track day riders at Pro6 Cylce track days. Riders should reserve in advance if they wish to try the demo bike.
A new team sponsor is Bell Helmets. Michael will wear the new Race Star helmet during the 2017 racing season.
Kyle Blakely of Windmill Motorsports will be returning as crew chief. It will be a busy summer in the Blakely household. Michael would like to congratulate Kyle and his wife Lindsay, who are proud parents to baby Madison who arrived in March. This will be the third season that Kyle and Michael will work together.
“I can’t wait to get started. It’s going to be very competitive this year. I’m going to try to focus on getting up to speed earlier in the race weekends so that we don’t have to play catch-up. I look forward to seeing everyone at the track this summer!”, commented Michael.
The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship season kicks off this weekend, May 26-28 at Shannonville Motorsports Park. The event is sponsored by the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC). Military personnel and first responders will enjoy a 50% discount on event tickets.
About Royal Distributing:
Since 1990, Royal Distributing has built a reputation as a leader in aftermarket motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and bicycle products. Royal carries all the gear, parts and accessories for sports enthusiasts of any age. From protective gear (jerseys, gloves, pants, helmets and boots) to casual wear and accessories, Royal Distributing will appeal to even the most discriminating shopper. There are 4 “superstores” located in Guelph (head office), Innisfil, Sudbury and Whitby. All are fully stocked to make sure you get the best possible ride, at the best possible prices with service from an amazing staff. For more information visit one of the Royal Distributing stores. Or online at http://leonracing.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dcfa8552640ff75c38bac22bc&id=57b2962c5a&e=60efd52bdb
The Royal Distributing Racing Team would like to thank Royal Distributing, Pro 6 Cycle, Dunlop USA, BMW Motorrad Canada, Windmill Motorsports, Bell Helmets, Speed & Strength, Hindle Exhaust, Performance Friction, Perry Performance, Apex Brakelines, Gianmajor Inc., Armour Bodies, , Woodcraft, MWR Airfilters, Earth X Batteries, Bickle Racing, Dave Smith, Vortex Racing Sprockets and Mikeymoto Racing.