Fans' favourite Chris Walker remains as hungry as ever for success in the MCE British Superbike Championship as he looks ahead to the beginning of the season proper at Brands Hatch next month.
A veteran of over 200 races at British Superbike level, Walker found himself without a ride during the winter before being rejoining the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki team and the oldest rider on the grid in BSB this year says the opportunity to race the same machine for a second consecutive season is a huge plus.
“It's been a rollercoaster winter for me but I'm delighted to be back with the same team for another crack at the BSB championship,” Walker said.
“I haven't had the luxury of continuing with the same bike and team for about five years so to be back with Kawasaki is great especially with the new rule changes.
“I've got over 200 BSB races under my belt and will be the oldest rider on the grid this season but the hunger's still there and I want to give the team the best results possible. We missed out on the Showdown in 2011 and the goal is to be there in 2012, which I don't think is beyond the realms of possibility,” he added.
“There are some new teams and some exciting, world class riders in this year's series so it's not going to be easy but I'm really looking forward to getting started at Brands over Easter – I'm confident happy times lie ahead.”
The Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki team was launched in Bedford on Saturday, where Walker – who turns 40 later this month - and team-mate James Hillier reflected on their hopes for 2012.
With the introduction of the new rule changes this season regarding the watering down of electronic rider aids, which places greater emphasis on rider ability, Walker will feel he has a great opportunity to draw on his natural ability to challenge for regular top six finishes on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Team principal Pete Extance added: “Everyone knows who Chris Walker is so to have a rider of his ability and stature in our team is going to be a huge help to all of us, especially James [Hillier], and the aim is to be in and around the Showdown positions before we head to Assen in September.
“With Ray Stringer as chief technician, the team have worked wonders preparing all the bikes and I'm sure the meticulous preparation will pay off."