Chris Walker has sealed an eleventh-hour deal to take his place on the 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship grid for the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser over Easter weekend – where he will renew battle with erstwhile arch-nemesis Neil Hodgson.
Ten years ago, Walker and Hodgson duelled it out tooth-and-nail for BSB title glory, indulging in some epic on-track scraps and controversial clashes that have gone down in the annals of the championship's history, with 'Stalker' being cruelly denied the laurels when his engine failed with just three laps left to the chequered flag in the Donington Park finale.
Whilst neither might perhaps feature quite so high up the order again a decade on, they will both be in the field, with Walker having inked a late agreement to ride a privately-run, ex-Michael Rutter TT Suzuki GSX-R1000 prepared by respected tuner Ray Stinger
“I'm delighted to be on the grid again this year,” enthused the recently-turned 38-year-old, speaking to the official BSB website. “Ray came along with the offer of this Suzuki at the very last minute, and it was the perfect opportunity for me.
“We've missed out on testing, but we will be getting more competitive as the season goes on. There's a big chance we'll get a significant improvement in our machinery within a few rounds – but even with the bike we've got, we're not giving anything away.”