Thursday 18 July 2019

Big breakthrough for young Skerries racer down under

Callum O’Brien gets ready for his first test on the new Kawasaki at Philip Island
Callum O’Brien gets ready for his first test on the new Kawasaki at Philip Island

Jack Corry - Corry Corner

Former Skerries resident and now residing in Perth, Western Australia, Callum O'Brien, has made a significant breakthrough in his quest to further his racing career after signing a new deal with BC performance to ride a Kawasaki 400 in the Australian Championship.

The deal sees BC performance, in collaboration with Kawasaki Motors Australia, announce the continuation of the BC performance junior road racing programme for 2019.

Kelvin Reilly, Team Owner & Manager of Kawasaki BC performance Racing Team, has a passion for creating pathways for junior riders in Australian road racing. The Kawasaki Ninja 400 will be entered into the Australian Supersport 300 class in the ASBK series in 2019.

Reilly said: 'We are pleased to see the continuation of our junior programme for 2019. The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has shown great promise around the world, with many titles already under its belt, and we are 100% committed to bringing the Australian Supersport 300 title home for Kawasaki in 2019. The bike is new to us and we have two superb new riders in Tayla Relph and Callum O'Brien. They will make a real dynamic pairing, pushing each other for race wins. Big thanks must go out to Kawasaki Motors Australia and all our sponsors for their help in keeping our junior programme going.'

O'Brien added: 'I am really thankful and super excited to be given the opportunity to join a team with the pedigree of Kawasaki BC performance Racing, especially in the ASBK debut year for the new Kawasaki Ninja 400. The team is going to be a formidable presence in the Supersport 300 category in 2019.

'Huge thank-you to Kawasaki Motors Australia and BC performance. I can't wait for round one at Phillip Island.'

Callum was testing the new bike in the official Australian Superbike test at Phillip Island over the weekend and the teenager was delighted with his performance.

'Well, the Australian Superbike test is complete and I am delighted to finish fourth fastest for the weekend, just 0.6 seconds off the fastest lap. The team was fantastic, and a special thanks to Kelvin, Ronnie and Callen. I can't wait for round one of the championship in three weeks' time.'

Callum will race in all seven rounds of the championship across Australia and is confident of good performances ahead of the season, and you can follow Callum's results by liking his Facebook page at

Fingal Independent