Chris Walker says he is treating his return to the Rob Mac Racing team as an opportunity to rebuild his confidence after what he describes as a 'couple of average years'.
After a season racing in the World Superbike and Supersport Championship, the former BSB runner-up returns to these shores in 2009 having penned a deal with Rob Mac Racing, the team he last rode for a decade ago.
Getting the chance to race the all-new Yamaha R1, Walker is pleased to be back racing in front of British fans again after admitting to losing some confidence in recent years, while he is even happier to be racing for the team that gave him his big break in Superbikes.
“I'm missing the sunshine abroad,” he joked. “World Superbikes is great but the paddock is nothing like BSB. It is a lot of fun here and all your mates are here, so I'm not missing it really.
“I'm not looking at this as coming back to England, winning the championship in my first year and then packing it all in. I wanted to come back and get with a team where I feel like I can build my confidence. I've had a couple of fairly average years and whilst I don't feel any different, when you've been knocked down a few times, it can take a while to get back to your best.
“I have come to a team where I know I will be happy and that has happened already - this will help me go faster.”
Looking ahead to the new season, although Walker is keeping his expectations open, his first plan is to take a consistent approach and progress from there.
“I want to do the best job I can this year; keep trying to get top fives, get on the podium when you can and of course I want to win a race or two. If you can be consistent, the championship is going to be that open that you've always got a chance! If you're not in it, you can't win it.”