Can you imagine what it must feel like to be a 15-year-old in their first full year of racing, lining up on the starting grid with the best riders in Australia?
For most it would be a nerve racking experience, but Callum O’Brien doesn’t show it. Not even a glimpse.
After a career in racing motorcycles, he should probably take up Poker with that sort of focus and control.
But it’s not just the competition he handles like a seasoned racer, it’s what is going on in the back ground as well.
Callum rides for Clean Ride, a West Australian motorcycle detailing company that have an impeccable reputation for their work.
Roberto Rossi, Owner of Clean Ride has supplied Callum with a pristine KTM390 for the national Supersport300 season and like any sponsor giving their time, money or product they would like to see their rider doing well.
Clean Ride is not the only party interested in Callum’s progression though.
Throughout the racing weekend at Hidden Valley in Darwin, there was a team from Italy very interested in how Callum was developing and improving.
The reason for the interest?
On the 28/07/2017 Callum flies to Bologna, the home of Ducati and Lamborghini to spend a week with the KRT Racing Team in Italy.
He will have the chance of a lifetime, to test a professionally prepared World Supersport 300 machine at the San Marino Grand Prix Circuit in Misano.
By his side will be his father, Stephen O’Brien, Coach: Mark Gill and fellow Australian Superbike racer Matt Price who currently competes in Italy.
He will get to see how world level teams / riders prepare for competition and will have direct track advice from Matt who will be racing the day before Callum’s test.
This opportunity was given to Callum because of his effort and the professional way he conducted himself before and at the Motorcycling WA Jet Camp.
“With Bahnams WA Plumbing Gas and Fire Services supporting Motorcycling WA’s Jet Camp program, we are able to offer these amazing opportunities to our talented riders”- Mark Gill Development Officer MWA.
All this was on Callum’s mind as he lined up on the grid with talents like Oliver BAYLISS and Billy VAN-EERDE, but you wouldn’t know it.
As always, he squeezed his long body onto the Clean Ride KTM390 and went out on track.
Not gunning for a result, but to work on what he and his coach had been working on.
“Although the results from Round 4 were not an indicator of the effort put in by Callum, the improvements recorded by myself were undeniable and I truly believe, Callum will be a strong competitor for the 2018 ASBK 300 Championship.
To Support Callum with his racing career, please follow his Facebook Page and we will keep you up to date with his European test.
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