Ollerton’s Chris Walker was left wondering what might have been after a frustrating MCE Insurance British Superbike round two at Thruxton.
After torrential rain limited Walker to a 12th-place finish in round one at Brands Hatch, the 40-year-old had high hopes of building on that at the Andover circuit.
However his Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki had other ideas in race one as Walker lasted just eight of the 20 laps, despite qualifying in fifth.
But there was better news in the second race as Walker crossed the line in 15th to collect a point, taking him to five for this young season.
And Walker is adamant there is plenty more to come from him after seeing his hopes in Hampshire go up in flames thanks to an issue with his clutch.
“Thruxton was slightly bitter-sweet as we had had a great weekend qualifying just outside the front row which is my best qualifying for some time,” he said.
“And I had a really good setting with the bike so obviously I was disappointed not to get a finish in the first race.
“All I can say it was a problem with the clutch and I know they fitted a new one because I watched them do it so I have no idea what the issue was.
“It is not the first time my clutch has gone in the race and I am sure it won’t be the last but it is just a shame for it to happen when you are right on the pace because we had done so well.
“Hopefully this will be sorted though for next time and I can build on the improvements I can see here.”
Next up for Walker is a trip to Oulton Park in May, where he has a top-ten finish in his sights.
And Walker is hoping that the good feeling in the team’s garage transfers on to the track next month.
“The bike is working well, the team is great, they are a good bunch of guys and I have a better bike than what I raced last year,” he added.
“It is very similar but just slightly better so I’m chuffed to bits but we do need some top tens and some more points.
“I am just lucky that we have landed into a very friendly team, a great environment – there is a lot of camaraderie in the team – and the bike is good too. “
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