Michael Leon Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Michael graduated in 1996 from Dawson College, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technologies.
He is currently employed as a Technical Sales Representative for Cowper Inc. Michael married his long time girlfriend Jennifer in 2001.
He took most of the 2002 season off from racing to recover from serious back injuries.
During that time, Michael and Jennifer started a family with the arrival of daughter Jaimie.
In 2006 they became proud parents to their second daughter Jayden. After winning multiple amateur championships, he turned pro in 1998, winning the ASM Pro 600 Championship as well as being selected Pro Rookie of the Year. With the help of sponsor Richard Italia and friend Eddy Brunet, Diablo Performance Racing was created which would become Canada’s largest privateer effort.
The team went on to win both the Parts Canada Pro 600 Championship with rider Steve Crevier and the Parts Canada Pro Superbike Championship with rider Francis Martin in 2005.
As the Diablo team came to an end, Michael switched his focus to the National Canadian Thunder twins class.
Riding a Buell he won his first National Race in Nova Scotia in 2006.
Again riding a Buell in 2007, Michael finished on the podium in 5 of 7 races, earned 1 pole position, set 1 new lap record and won at Mosport. •2004 10th in CDN 600 at final, 18th in AMA Formula Extreme at Infinion Raceway. •2002 Jan, 2nd in 600 at Willow Springs •2001 Created Diablo Perf Racing, 8th place in CDN 600 Champ, 4th at Calgary, 5th at St Eustache, 5th at Shubie.
He finished a close second in the overall standings to Michael Taylor. For 20, the team continued to race their Ducati 1198S, winning 16 races, and 3 championships at Shannonville over the 2 seasons. He raced a CBR600RR in the CBSK and RACE series, winning the RACE Pro Superbike Championship.
For 2008, Michael joined the new KTM factory team and helped develop the Superduke R with a best result of 2 in Nova Scotia. The tuning was handled by long time friend Carlos Carrascosa.
In 2009, with support from Royal Distributing and MBP, Michael formed the Royal Distributing / MBP Racing Team. In the RACE series, the team won 2 races and had 9 podium finishes in total. •RACE Pro 600 3rd Overall •Race Master Open 3rd Overall •Two Race Wins, Four 2nd Place Finishes, Three 3rd Place Finishes. •Pro Superbike 3rd Overall •Heavyweight Sportsman Champion •Six Race Wins, Two 2nd Place Finishes, Two 3rd Place Finishes.