Trevor Dion and the LDS Consultants team concluded their breakout season on Sunday with another Pro championship, this time winning the SOAR regional Superbike title in the season finale at Grand Bend and testing new components for 2023 in the process.
The national Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike champion has had a busy few weeks at the Grand Bend Motorplex, after being selected as one of three invitees to the private Bridgestone tire test for the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship in late September, before returning for the final SOAR round this weekend.
Dion viewed the weekend as another opportunity to test the Bridgestone Battlax tires that he’ll be running nationally next season, but things got off on the wrong foot after the 20-year-old crashed as a result of mechanical problems aboard his BMW on Friday.
With the S1000RR parked for the weekend, Dion was graciously given a new ride courtesy of friend and suspension guru Andrew Westbrook, who allowed him to ride his Yamaha YZF-R1 for the final round as he aimed for more track time on the Bridgestone tires.
Despite having never ridden an R1 before, Dion wasted little time getting up to speed, breaking into the 1:04 lap times aboard the stock machine. After additional track time and some setup changes from the team, Dion eventually got to his national race pace from CSBK round one, where he finished on the podium.
“The tires took quite a bit of time to get used to, and it didn’t help that I also had to learn a completely different bike at the same time, but after some setup changes we were able to get super comfortable and felt confident on the new tire,” Trevor said. “It’s definitely a different feeling tire, mostly in the front end being a different carcass shape, but with some seat time and changes made I was confident in the way everything felt.”
Dion eventually managed to win the two Pro Superbike feature races as well as the two Open Sprint races, clinching the championship and #1 crown in the Pro Superbike Class.
The LDS Consultants rider still has yet to confirm plans with any manufacturer for 2023, but came away with strong impressions of the R1 in his first Yamaha experience, adding another potential option to his national Superbike campaign for next season.
“The R1 is definitely a different type of ride over my current BMW. I feel as though both have their strengths and weaknesses. Considering the near-stock R1, the pace I was able to push on it was a great learning experience for sure,” Trevor said. “Working with the Fast Company guys definitely helped us get up to speed on the R1 and take the win in all 4 races over the weekend, as well as wrapping up my second SOAR Pro Superbike Championship despite missing round 3 due to the CSBK round in Nova Scotia.”
In addition to his national racing plans, Dion will also hope to defend his SOAR titles at Grand Bend next season, after a thrilling season of regional racing amongst many of his national friends and rivals. Dion has already elected not to defend his national Sport Bike crown, instead choosing to focus on continued Superbike success.
Dion’s next appearance will likely come at the Bridgestone CSBK Winter Test in the southeast United States this spring, where he will look to gain even further knowledge of his new Bridgestone tires and his new machinery for 2023.
Trevor would like to thank LDS Consultants, SIBS Powersports, Turcotte Performance, DP brakes, Bickle Racing, Gord and Inglis Cycle, Plus Suits, Alex Rigby, Ryan Topp, Mike Grass, his mom and dad, friends and family, and everyone else who’s pitched in to help and support the team during their breakout 2022 campaign, and the team hopes to continue their success together in 2023.
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From a press release