Walker in the points on BSB return

Chris Walker was able to recover from an early setback to score decent points on his British Superbike Championship debut at Brands Hatch.

After a season on the World Superbike and Supersport stage, Walker returned to BSB action this weekend aboard the Henderson/Motorpoint Yamaha prepared by Rob Mac Racing.

Qualifying inside the top ten in ninth, Walker's first race was spoiled by a mistake in the early stages that sent him across the grass and leave him back in last position. Nonetheless, he slowly worked his way back into contention to snatch two points with a 14th place finish.

Race two proved more successful for Walker when he finished eighth after finishing amidst a race-long battle with fellow Yamaha rider James Ellison and Gary Mason.

“I tried to go up the inside of Camier and I ended up doing a bit of grass tracking – I was a bit luck to stay on,” he told Radio. “So to come through from dead last to score points was a bonus after such a daft mistake early on.

“In race two I got a good start, but we were just two or three tenths off the guys in front and they gradually pulled away. We just have to work on finding some time in myself and the bike to find our job a bit easier.”

Admitting the two races were 'quite hard work', Walker is hoping an upcoming test at Donington Park will help them challenge further towards the front of the field at Oulton Park.

“It was quite hard work,” he added. “We need to find some grip. There is no hiding at Brands - if there is one corner you are struggling on, then that is two tenths and that is all you need to be off here. We have a test in two weeks time and hopefully we can find a bit of pace there.”

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Chris Walker - Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Chris Walker - Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Nori fan - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 12:59 PM

Better get your finger out, Chris, else that BSB title will continue to elude you!! Camier has made you and Rutter look a bit second rate this weekend. I'm one of your biggest fans but think that if you don't get the title this year, it could, unfortunately, be one of your last.

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