Chris Walker will be Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki's sole representative for the Thruxton round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship following James Ellison's withdrawal through injury.

A huge blow to the GBmoto Kawasaki team, which is seeking to make the BSB Title Showdown for the first time, though Ellison's current third place is under threat as he continues his recovery, Walker remains very much in contention to represent the outfit in the latter stages instead.

Currently sixth in the standings, Walker heads to Thruxton looking to consolidate his provisional entry position as GBmoto Kawasaki's only rider this weekend.

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"I'm really looking forward to Thruxton, it's one of the fastest tracks of the year and is always a proper exciting weekend. It's a track I really enjoy and it has been good to me over the years...although it's also been pretty bad too as I've only finished 5 out of the last 12 races there!

"I'm keen to make amends for that this weekend though, particularly with the Showdown beckoning and the championship tightening up. My focus, as always, is to keep pushing at the sharp end, bag some important points and continue to secure my position in the top six.

"It's certainly going to be strange without James alongside me in the garage but I'll be pushing as hard as ever and hopefully give the GBmoto squad something to cheer about."