Oakdale boy races his way to national title win

Oakdale boy races his way to national title win

Lachlan Russell can already call himself a national champion at just 11 years old .

The Oakdale motorbike rider won the 85cc modified title at the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships last weekend.

Lachlan said he was excited to win his first ever national award in the sport.

"It felt great when I crossed the finish line in the final race and I knew I had won the title," he said.

"I knew dad would be very happy too.

"I managed to get four wins over five races and I wanted to finish off the last race with a win, so I put all my effort into the final race so I could take the chequered flag in front."

Lachlan also competed in the 150cc class at the national event.

"I qualified in second place for the final," he said.

"Unfortunately we had some bike troubles in the finals which saw me get a bad start and I had to fight my way back to finish fifth which was a great result in that class."

The talented young racer took podium placings in last year's Victorian and NSW state title events.

Although the Oakdale Public School student has proven his abilities on the track, Lachlan said he still gets nervous on the starting line.

"I try and use that energy to focus on my starts as that is so important," he said.

"I try and treat big race meetings like any other race so I don't get myself too excited."

Lachlan said spending time with his dad was what he loved most about racing.

"Its hard to explain just one thing that I love about riding motorcycles and racing," he said.

"I think it is the speed and acceleration of the bike and the feeling you get when you are able to compete with riders from all over Australia."

Lachlan said he would recommend the sport to other children.

"I have a lot of friends who ride bikes but don't race and they have a lot of fun riding so I think anyone should give it a go," he said.

"With racing it depends on the person - you have to be able to ride first, then you need to be fit and have courage to race."

The avid rider has already lined up his next race.

"I will be competing at the Victorian and NSW state titles over the next month so I am very excited about that," Lachlan said.

"We do a lot of travelling and we meet a lot of new friends and that makes racing very exciting as well.

"I enjoy living in Oakdale and would love to have the local community's support."