CHRIS Walker insists he’s not going to let a disappointing MCE Insurance British Superbike season finale at Brands Hatch dampen what has been a memorable campaign.
Walker struggled from the word go at the Kent circuit, failing to tame a temperamental bike on Saturday and retiring in race one before suffering a similar fate in race two because of oil trouble.
However the 40-year-old did manage to recover something from the weekend in race three and the final outing of the season after crossing the line in ninth.
Nonetheless it was a frustrating way to end a season which saw Walker end his 12-year BSB victory drought, guiding his Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki to a sensational victory at Oulton Park in May.
While frustrated not to have challenged for a spot in the top six, Walker was happy to concede that Brands Hatch was just a weekend which got away from him and the team.
“To be honest if I look at it, it’s a shame it’s ended the way it has,” said Walker – who finished the season ninth overall with 138 points.
“Every single thing that could have gone wrong did at some point, it was like the Apollo 13 lunar landing in that everything we tried just seemed to have other ideas so that was slightly frustrating.
“But let’s be realistic – not every round is perfect and this was an example of that. We had a drama on Saturday and ended up 26th on the grid.
“We just couldn’t get anything right with the bike and that stopped us getting on track for the first race.
“Race two was better but we had an oil spill – I got the black and orange flag as a result, it meant I had to leave the track immediately even though it looked worse than it was.
“But like I said, you take the good and bad together in racing and this was just one of those ones which didn’t go our way. We’ve had a fair share of both this season and it’s important not to forget that.”
With Walker the oldest man on the grid, it would be fair to assume he would be considering his long-term future in the sport.
But he insists he has never been more committed to BSB.
“I love this series and of course I’ll be back better and stronger next year,” he added. “We got a win this year so who says we can’t do that again?”
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