Walker plays down Kawasaki feud.

Chris Walker insists he has left Kawasaki on good terms after reports had suggested the Gil Motorsport Supersport team were furious with his sudden switch to Superbikes.

Walker has had a long relationship with Kawasaki since joining the factory-backed Superbike team in 2005 and racing with them for the next two seasons. However, a return to the manufacturer, albeit in Supersports, in 2008 has not delivered the results he was hoping for.

As such, Walker jumped at the chance to make his World Superbikes comeback at Brands Hatch on the Vent Axia VK Honda, run by Paul Bird Motorsport.

However, while the sudden switch is said to have caught Gil Motorsport by surprise, Walker was praiseworthy of the team for allowing him to return to the top flight.

“To be honest, Kawasaki have been great about it,” he told “They know there is more to it than meets the eye because the bike has not been the best thing out there this year and while it is not ideal leaving a team mid-season, there are a few background reasons beyond the bike's competitiveness. But I am happy with the decision I've made.”

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Conger - Unregistered

August 07, 2008 1:31 PM

Like the 32 year old age limted in WSS next year that would leave Walker with out a ride. If the bike had been podium material, as Walker no doubt is, he would be still be at Gil. As it is he was effectively invisable to most teams, due to such a poor bike. So he had to do something to raise his public profile to stand a chance of a SBK ride next year. Sounds like he was between a rock and hard place. I hope it pays off Mr Walker. :) Conger

feather - Unregistered

August 07, 2008 10:39 PM

Kawazaki are good for one thing, filling up grid spots, havnt done anything for years, and at the start of every season you know its gonna be the same, if a rider wants to end there career they should sign for kawazaki, cos thats what happens, if chris didnt go to the 500gp on that bike, he was offered a ride on the factory bike in wsbk but turned it down, chris is a great rider, but will never be rembered as a great, because he makes bads decisions.

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