CHRIS Walker had to fight through the pain barrier just to take to the MCE Insurance British Superbike start line at Knockhill for round five.
But it wasn’t his body that let the 40-year-old down it was his bike as he endured a weekend to forget in Scotland.
It looked like Walker would have to sit out the round completely after a crash in free practice left the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki rider with two fractured heels.
But, after spending a night in cast, Walker amazingly passed the fitness test and took to the starting grid in 17th.
However, while Walker’s body was holding up, his bike wasn’t and engine troubles meant he had to exit both races at Knockhill before the half-way stage.
“In free practice I ran through in a higher gear than the lap before causing me to run a little bit wider and I hit a white line, which was wet. It spat me up in the air and I landed on my feet which is what caused the injury,” said Walker.
“Qualifying was uncomfortable because Knockhill is such an all-action track and it didn’t help that I had to alter my riding style as I couldn’t use the back brake as much as I would have liked to; changing gear wasn’t as bad as I anticipated though.
“We altered the setting of the bike so it was more comfortable and easier to ride rather than that of before where I was looking to challenge for a podium.
“One lap felt like five and I was finding it tough so I was just looking for a solid race and any points would have been a bonus.”
Knockhill was the first round where Walker has failed to score a single point all season, denting his hopes of finishing in the top six and with it a place in the Showdown.
But Walker isn’t about to give up hope just yet, broken bones or not.
“I’m knocking on the door of the top six and Knockhill was ideal to try close the gap on Stuart Easton with him unfortunately not being there,” he added.
“I’ve just got to give it a try really and hopefully I can score some points moving forward.”
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