Chris Walker will return to the British Superbike Championship riding a Rob Mac Racing Yamaha in 2009, it has been confirmed.

Signalling a return to the team he last competed for back in 1997, Walker will be keen to get back to winning ways after a stuttered season spent racing in both the World Supersport and World Superbike Championship

Walker's desire to return to the national series was a well-known fact, but having been initially linked with the Crescent Suzuki team he raced with in 2007, he will instead form one-half of an expanded Rob Mac Racing line-up next year.

A firm fan favourite in this country, Walker admits it was always his intention to return to the British Championship as he bids to challenge for a title that has so far eluded him over the years.

"I always planned to come back," he was quoted as saying on the British Superbike website. "One of the biggest things in my career has been not winning a BSB championship and I feel like the timing to make a return is perfect.

"The truth is there is no greater feeling than racing in front of the British crowds. It's going to be a great feeling to be able to see the British fans every week again.

"I still feel like I've got a good few years left in me yet and everything is still in the right places, more by luck than judgement with some of the crashes I've had. And the British Championship always eluded me so I couldn't turn down the chance to ride for a team that I know will fully back me all the way."

Affectionately known as 'The Stalker', Walker is a multiple race winner and four-time championship runner-up at BSB level. He has also finished on the podium twelve times in WSBK, including a race victory for PSG-1 Kawasaki in 2006.