Ollerton’s MCE British Superbike Championship race ace and fan favourite Chris Walker goes to Oulton Park this weekend after a mixed weekend just under two weeks ago at Cadwell Park.
Walker’s season so far has been of mixed fortune on his Be Wiser sponsored Kawasaki ZX-10R super machine with his best results to date being two top ten finishes at Donington at the begining of the season and finishing sixth in race one at Snetterton in June. S
ince then he has had misfortune of either not finishing or not starting until Thruxton at the end of July finishing 15th and 17th.
He went to Cadwell Park for the last two rounds and was looking forward to racing at one of his local and one of his favourite circuits, but he struggled to find a set-up he was happy with over the weekend on the Be Wiser Kawasaki.
In Race One Chris had to start from 17th place on the grid and knew he had a lot of work to do get a decent result.
He held his position after the opening lap and on lap five Walker was in a points scoring place of 15th.
Walker suspected there was a mechanical problem with the bike and for safety reasons pulled into the pit-lane to have it looked at by his crew, forcing him to retire once again this season.
In race two he had to start from 19th place on the grid and the race was going to be hard to salvage something good from it.
Determined as ever Chris got a flying start and away with the pack and progressed throughout the 18-lap race to make his way up to 15thgaining one valuable Championship point in the process.
Speaking after the race weekend, Walker said: “The Be Wiser Kawasaki team worked tirelessly to try and get me a comfortable setting with the bike to be able to push in what was a tough weekend all round.
“I made the job harder for myself as well by not qualifying up where I normally do on a track that is very difficult to pass on.
“I stopped in race one with what I believed to be a technical problem, which didn’t help with the grid position for race two.
“We made a few more tweaks here and there and finally I managed to break into the 1’27’s and scraped into the points for our efforts. Oulton Park is next, onwards and upwards..”
“Walker’s hopes are dashed to get into a Showdown place as he did at Donington Park last year but the season so far has been a learning curve for him on a different set up bike with a brand new BSB Team.”
Walker lies in 17th position in the Championship with 51 points with Team mate Danny Bucan in 19th position
Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place this weekend at Oulton Park.