Michael Leon raced to a sixth place finish at the opening round of the 2017 Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship, held on May 28th at the Shannonville Motorsport Park’s Pro Track. Michael had qualified in 7th for the event, with a time of 1:05.492 seconds, a personal best at the time. The pace was faster than last years event, with 6 riders qualifying in the 1:04s.
The team was fortunate to have setup help from well known chassis and suspension man, Dale Rathwell. “I’ve know Dale for a long time but had never really worked with him as a rider, one on one. It was awesome. He made it out for some testing at the regional, the weekend before, and even showed up for Sunday’s races. We still have the support from Ohlins with Jon Cornwell too. There’s a lot of knowledge behind me and we managed to improve the bike. My best lap in the race was a full second faster than my best race lap last year at this track. Unfortunately, everyone went faster too.” remarked Michael.
Leon had a great start from the second row and was 4th on the first lap. He was able to hang on to the lead group for the first part of the race before dropping off the pace a bit.
“To be honest, I’m a little disappointed about not being able to mix it up with the lead group. But overall, I think we made some progress with the setup and we have some new ideas of different things to try. I’m looking forward to CSBK Rd2.” commented Michael.
CSBK Round 2 will be held at Grand Bend Motorplex on June 10th. Tickets are available at http://leonracing.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=dcfa8552640ff75c38bac22bc&id=ccfc882bac&e=be52a97962. The Royal Distributing Racing Team looks forward to meeting all the fans at the first national superbike event to be held at this venue.
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.
From a press release