Just over a month away from the beginning of the season, fans' favourite Chris Walker has confirmed his presence on the 2011 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship grid after inking a deal to campaign a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R for the all-new Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki outfit.
Walker raced three different bikes in the series during a disjointed 2010, but for a man who has finished as championship runner-up on no fewer than four occasions – and should undoubtedly have lifted the laurels in 2000 but for a cruel final round engine failure whilst on-course for the coveted crown – last year yielded slim pickings indeed.
As one of the most experienced riders in the field, however, the 38-year-old is hopeful his reunion with Kawasaki will prove to be the catalyst for a return to the sharp end of proceedings, and he reveals that he is champing at the bit to get out there and get going again in the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser over Easter weekend.
“I am ready for the season now and can't wait to get cracking!” enthused 'Stalker', according to the official BSB website. “I am working with a brand new team, new sponsors and a new bike as we have the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, so it is an exciting time for me.
“It is a new team coming into the championship and my best times – ever since starting out in schoolboy motocross – have been with Kawasaki, so to say I am chuffed to bits is an understatement! The team are making some final preparations and assembling all the goodies to the bike before we can get out on-track for a shakedown test soon.
“We are only a small team, but we have a strong group of guys behind us and we will have some technical support from Kawasaki, so I feel ready for Brands Hatch. I was desperate to be part of this season – it is going to be a big year for the championship and there is a real buzz about it already. I wanted to be back in the hunt and back on the grid – I certainly didn't want to miss out and have to watch from the sidelines – and I think we can get some results this year.”