Macleay District Motorcycle Club racer Kristian O'Donnell recently finished second overall at round two of the NSW Short Course Road Racing Championships at Tamworth.
It comes after Kristian finished in third place in round one at Lismore.
Kristian holds second outright heading into the third and find round to be held in Grafton on October 26 and 27.
After making the transition from the Dirt Track at Greenhill to starting out on a road bike in March this year, it has been a steep learning curve for Kristian as he has needed to harness his more aggressive dirt track style and adapt it to the R15 road bike in the rookies class of the state championship, where smooth consistent riding is rewarded.
Every event he attends currently presents a new track and a new set of challenges not only for Kristian but also for his family, as they all typically all make the trip to race meets to watch him and his older brother Tyler compete.
"It's a lot of fun as well with a lot of unknowns every time we head to a new racetrack, we've met a bunch of great new people in the sport," Kristian's father Trent O'Donnell said.
"We were caught out a bit at Tamworth when it come to gearing the bike but Kristian Just put his head down and had a red hot go with what we had and he managed to achieve his first Race win, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth."
When asked about the big differences between the road and the local dirt track, Kristian promptly replied the duration of the races and time you spend on the bike.
"I can do a race around Greenhill in around one minute and 25 seconds but on the road bike we're doing seven races of between four and 12 laps with races up to eight minutes in duration," Kristian said.
"I need to improve my fitness, I've been fading out a bit in the last few races which are the typically the longest."
"I'm lucky to have a great people helping out with my racing, without them I wouldn't have had the opportunities I have so far. So I need to thank Oakland Park Race Products, SSS Suspension, Brisk Spark Plugs, KYT Hemets and of course mum and dad for everything they do for us to race."
Kristian's next outing is a coaching day at Sydney Motorsport Park next Monday, which will be his first experience on a full size GP Race Circuit followed by Round three of the NSW state Short Course championships at Grafton and a return to the Dirt track for the Akubra Classic at Greenhill Speedway on November 3.
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