SUCCESS: Gold Coast lawyer Michael McMillan placed at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday.
SUCCESS: Gold Coast lawyer Michael McMillan placed at Morgan Park Raceway yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Lawyer hits top speed

GOLD Coast lawyer Michael McMillan reaches speeds of 250 to 260kmh each time he rides on Morgan Park Raceway.

He was one of 80 drivers in action at the weekend in round 4 of the Southern Downs Road Racing Series in the Motorcycle Sportsman of Queensland.

This year, McMillan has only competed in Warwick three times but plans more trips next year.

After being accustomed to winning by more than five seconds in the formula 1 class in Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland events at Morgan Park, McMillan, 40, acknowledges the younger riders are catching up and beating him.

"Now I am puffed on the second or third laps," he said.

"It is very physical on a 1000cc bike. I need to spend more time in the gym or less in the office."

He said after the second lap he was looking for a drink bottle but that doesn't happen in motorcycle racing as it does in cycling or running.

McMillan admits he doesn't know too much about the mechanics of his bike.

"My mechanic sets up the bike at the track on the Friday before meetings," he said.

"I get paid to think, not do things."

While he travels to the Southern Downs for motorbike racing, he sometimes heads to the area in his professional role as a criminal lawyer.

"I come from the Gold Coast but also work in Brisbane, Toowoomba and have worked on cases in Warwick and Stanthorpe," he said.

"Motorcycle racing is my relaxation."

He even admits he has slowed down a fraction since the birth of his son James.

"James loves the racing but I reckon he is whispering 'slow down Daddy'."

Even slowing down a fraction, McMillan reaches speeds of 300kmh on longer tracks than Warwick.

This year, he won the Victorian championships in the open 1000cc class and was second in super bikes, a bike with the same capacity but different specifications to his open bike.

The final club meeting for the year is round 2 of the club challenge at Morgan Park on November 24-25.

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