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Hey everyone,

 

It has been a while since my last report and I've made some big moves in regards to my ride and championship for 2016.



 

With Aprilia pulling out as a factory team, my other options for WSBK were limited, which was obviously quite frustrating. Especially after winning the last race of the season.

I have always had interest from British teams to compete in BSB Championship and for me this was something that was very interesting as the number of viewers and spectators is at an all-time high right now.

 

Between October and November, I had many meetings with a Kawazaki team, GB Moto and the organiser of the championship Stuart Higgs.

 

There were a few issues as the team already had their two riders fixed, but Mark Smith-Halvorsen has shown me nothing but enthusiasm and has allowed me to run as a third rider.

 

For me, this was everything I needed to hear and I took the deal at the start of December - which was a big relief for me it gave me my focus and my challenge.

 

I booked a two week training camp in Spain with my good friend Sam Lowes and also a family ski holiday in Chamonix for the New Year.


 

Christmas was pretty standard, dinner at my mums and carnage with the kids opening presents. On Christmas Day night, my friends Jack, James and I drove through the night to hit the slopes in Chamonix on Boxing Day. 


 

The holiday was great and it was fun teaching the kids to ski. But the snow conditions weren't that great. That said, we had a really good time. 


 

On the last day James, Jack and I drove to Lyon where I was dropped off before meeting Sam Lowes. We had booked a two week trip which consisted of riding MX bikes nearly everyday, pit biking and some pretty big cycles in the Gerona hills.

 

We also hit the gym every day, which for me, acted as the perfect start to my off season training. After this I had my first test with my new team and bike in Jerez and straight after in Aragon.

Even though the bike was in a very standard trim, it was great to be back riding. Nothing was too much trouble and I got on with all the guys straight away. 



 

After this test I had booked a family trip to Doha to stay with some friends, it was a perfect short break. I still trained every day and got to drive a radical car around Dubai race-way, which was so much fun.


One other thing that was really cool was hooking up with Pro Enduro rider, Sam Smith. Together, we did some desert sand dune riding on MX bikes. It was a really good day.



 

Back in the UK, I committed to my training program fully, while trying to ride as much as the weather permitted. I also managed to do some cycling too!

My friend Jack came up with a bright idea to book me and him into a cycle race in Italy in May. The race itself is over 168km with over 70,000 set to take part. Hence why I've been trying to cycle a little more.



 

For the last two weeks, I've been back out to Spain for testing. These tests were very important as I faced up against the competition while riding my full spec bike for the first time. I'm really happy we got through all our testing program and ended up quickest at the last test!

 

So for me now I'm just heading back to the UK to go to Edinburgh MCN Carole Nash bike show, and I hope to see some of you guys there!



 

Leon