5 November 2014
BSB: Walker, Buchan to lead Hill-managed Be Wiser challenge
Chris Walker and Danny Buchan will form Be Wiser Kawasaki's rider line-up for its first season in the British Superbike Championship.
The new Tommy Hill-managed Be Wiser Kawasaki British Superbike Championship team has confirmed Chris Walker and Danny Buchan will reunited to lead its burgeoning challenge in 2015.
Be Wiser announced its plans to step up from the Superstock category to the Superbike class last month with a new effort to be managed by 2011 BSB champion Hill, the team now confirming BSB veteran Walker and new Superstock 1000 champion Buchan will compete as its riders.
A four-time runner-up, the ultra-experienced Walker comes to Be Wiser Kawasaki in the wake of his most successful BSB season in 14 years, the 42 year-old reaching the Title Showdown en route to sixth overall with GBmoto Kawasaki. A new challenge for him, Walker is looking forward to leading Be Wiser's ambitious project.
“I'm really excited to be back out on the grid in 2015 and to be part of this new project with the Be Wiser Kawasaki team,” he said. “I have had a long association with Kawasaki and have worked with Dickies for the last three years so to combine all aspects was a no brainer for me. I have known Alan (Greig) for a number of years through Dickies and I am looking forward to working with him next year and the future.
“I have watched Alan progress through the Superstock Championship and this year saw them become Championship contenders, so I have no doubt that he will produce a successful Superbike team and I am keen to help him progress and get the results they deserve.
“It is great that Be Wiser have managed to gain Tommy (Hill) as the team manager for this new venture. He will add the knowledge and experience which he gained whilst riding and becoming British Champion and will be able to provide a riders perspective in all aspects of his new role. I am looking forward to working with him next season. It will also be good to team up with Britain's youngest up-and-coming rider, Danny (Buchan), especially after this year where he has matured into a first class rider.”
Having raced alongside Walker at Quattro Plant Kawasaki in 2013, though Buchan struggled to make an impression on that occasion, he is confident his truly dominant year in the Superstock 1000 class has made him much better prepared.
"I am really looking forward to the 2015 season with the Be Wiser Kawasaki Superbike team. It is another year on Kawasaki for me and another year back on the Ninja, after a very successful campaign in the National Superstock 1000 Championship this year.
“I believe I am now ready for the move up into the premier British Superbike class and I would like to thank Alan and Tommy for putting their belief in me and giving me this opportunity, also Kawasaki Motors UK. It is a new team with plenty of experienced heads such as Tommy and Chris who know what it takes to win at BSB level. I wasn't ready before to move up, I was too young and I know that now, but feel I have progressed this season and learnt my trade and feel now is the right time to step up for me, I can't wait!"
For Hill, who quit BSB at the end of the 2012 season after failing to defend his title, the combination of youth and experience from Buchan and Walker is certain to stand Be Wiser Kawasaki in good stead for its first season of BSB racing.
"Firstly it is great news to have secured Chris Walker and Danny Buchan for our rider line-up moving towards 2015. Both have once again had a fantastic season and rightly deserve, or retain their seat on a Superbike.
“Chris comes with a wealth of knowledge and some great results throughout his Superbike career. I know Chris still has a lot of fire in his belly and he still wants to win races and be finishing on the podium, so hopefully the Be Wiser Kawasaki team can be a platform for him to achieve the results he is capable of.
“Danny has been outstanding this year and he has just been on top of his game every single race weekend, setting lap records, winning the Championship and above all developing as a very promising young British rider.
“We are very much looking forward to getting out on track with two great riders with the Be Wiser Kawasaki Superbike team."
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