Biography - Cameron Donald's Racing History

Cam Donald began riding at the age of six on a Suzuki RM50. Handed down from his older brother Brad who along with their other elder brother Darren had moved onto 80cc bikes in Junior Motorcross. With both of his brothers already racing, this gave Cam two role models to chase when they rode in the paddoks at their grandparents property in Warrandyte.
Although Cam was riding regularly for years, his serious racing did not begin until he was 15 years old, when he began competing in short circuit dirt track events.

The next three years were spent racing around the dirt track circuits of Victoria with the support of his dad Ken. Cam managed to establish himself as one of the fastest dirt track riders in the country claiming many race wins and state titles on the way.

By this time Cam brothers had finished their Motorcross racing but eldest brother Darren was well on his way now in Road Racing and competing at a National level on a 250cc Grand Prix machine.

Cam, always wanting to follow the footsteps of his brothers and also his dad who was a racer himself in his younger years, the next step was inevitable. Cam moved onto a Honda RS 125 Grand Prix bike.
Once again with the support of his dad, Cam began his transition from dirt to road. This was an interesting time as he had gone from the ultra aggressive, sideways, sliding dirt track to the most precise and razo sharp handling 125cc class, where any sideways antics would usually end up with bike and rider tumbling off the track.

Within a season of following his brother to selected rounds of the Australian Championship and racing local state rounds, Cam was developing his own unique style. With a combination of dirt track sliding skills and GrandPrix bike precision he stepped up to a 250cc Production bike.

It was here that Cam began asserting himself as one of the most promising young riders, consistently finishing on the podium at Australian Championship level.

With such strong results behind him, Cam was approached by leading privateer team owner David Bancell and asked to ride a Suzuki GSXR600 in the Australian Supersport title. Cam took to the bigger bikes well being able to use the extra power of the 600cc to slide the bike with throttle control, similar to how he did in dirt track.

From there Cam running the trusty number 86 as he from the first time he raced dirt track all those years ago, has gone on to compete at a National and International level. He has an ever-growing list of race wins and championships to his name.

Year 2003 saw Cam compete in the Australian Formula Xtreme Championship aboard a Yamaha R1 prepared by local tuning business Dynobike. In what was his first year on the 1000cc machine, Cam went on to win the Victorian Superbike Championship and ranked top privateer in the National Formula Xtreme Championship.

2003 was no time to rest as Cam also rode for team China Zong Shen in the Asian Road Racing Championship, aboard a Yamaha R6. Cam won three races and finished 2nd overall in his first attempt at the title, each circuit being new to him every round.

An added bonus in 2003 Cam won the prestigious Macau Supersport Grand Prix for the second time (also won this in 2001), racing against leading factory ride from across the globe.

In 2004 Cam Donald is again competing in the Asian Road Racing Championship, riding for Team China Yuan XG Jao. He has also raced in two rounds of the British Superbike Championship (Mondello Park and Thruxton)

In 2005 Cam returned to Australia from stunning debut performances at the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT, where he competed on privateer Supersport and Superbike machines and finished fastest newcomer at both events.

He was then contacted by the official Honda UK Road Racing team ‘Team DMRR Honda’ to contest the Dundrod 150 and Ulster Grand Prix International road races. Riding 600cc Supersport, 1000cc Superstock and Superbike machines with amazing results, at his first attempts at these events.

Cam also competed at the Singapore Supermotard International race which he won with flying colours. He also raced at the Moto GP – Support races in Sepang Malaysia. Winning both Superbike races.

In 2006, Cam joined Uel Duncan Racing and had a fantastic season with the race team. Cam took multiple wins through the year including: Irish Superbike Championship: Kirkstown, Tandragee 100, Bush Road Races, Skerries, Southern 100, Walderstown and Kells. Cam also made a big impact at the Isle of Man TT, taking 2nd in the Senior TT!

2007 and Cam started the season in the same way he’d left off in 2006, taking multiple wins and setting numerous lap records throughout the Irish Road Race Series. Unfortunately his plans for for the Isle of Man TT that year were shattered when he broke a collarbone after a crash at the North West 200.

In 2008, Cam joined Relentless Suzuki and achieved multiple podium finishes across the British 1000cc Superstock races. Cam also took 2nd in the North West 200 Superbike final. Cam also had a fantastic run at the Isle of Man TT, taking 1st in both the Superstock TT and the Superbike TT events! Cam narrowly missed winning the Senior TT, having lead the race until the final lap when his engine began to fail. Despite this, Cam still crossed the finish line in 2nd.

2009, Cam had a strong start to the season and set the first 131+ MPH lap around the Isle of Mann TT circuit during practice. Unfortunately, a minor fall during the final practice session resulted in a minor injury which sidelined Cam for that year’s TT.

In 2010, Cam took 2nd in the Isle of Man TT – Superbike class.

In 2011, Cam signed with Wilson Craig Honda and placed 2nd in the Superbike TT at the Isle of Man. Cam also lead both Supersport events with strong margins until unfortunate mechanical failure stopped him in both races. Cam also raced for the Honda TT Legends World Endurance Team in 2011. In the WEC Championship he placed 6th in the Bol d’Or 24 hour race and 5th at the Le Mans 24 hour race.

2012 and Cam continued his high placing results at the Isle of Man TT! Cam finished the Superbike TT in 2nd place. He also placed 2nd in both Supersport Race One and Race Two. Cam again represented the Honda TT Legends World Endurance Team in the WEC Championship. Cam took 6th at Bol d’Or 24 hour, 10th at the Suzuka 8 hour, 4th at the Oscherslaben 8 hour and 5th at the Le Mans 24 hour. Falling a single point short meant that Cam narrowly missed out on placing 3rd in the World Championship, finishing the WEC in 4th.

In 2013, Cam placed 2nd in the Superbike TT at the Isle of Man race. This notched up Cam’s 10th podium at the Isle of Man! In the Malaysian Super Series Superbike Championship (MSS), Cam took a clean sweep in the final 2 rounds, with 4 wins from 4 starts.