Veteran motorcycle racer Chris Walker stays in Superbike title hunt

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Ollerton’s MCE British Superbike Championship ace Chris Walker is making headway through the pack of 22 riders in this year’s championship.

The oldest rider on the grid and veteran of over 235 BSB races, finished both races at Knockhill in Scotland in fifth position, putting him in a strong position to be in the title fight with 65 points and sixth overhaul in the Championship.

There was speculation in the summer that veteran Walker may hang up his leathers. Instead he has continued and once again made a significant impact.

Chris started his career as a local motocross rider at the age of 13 and has progressed over the years through the ranks to become a local bike racing superstar.

His championship-winning Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R has showed promise since the start of the season back at the beginning of April, when he went into the first round at Brands Hatch qualifying in 11th position and finishing a respectable seventh and eighth in the two races.

Round Two of the Championship saw him in action at Thruxton, Hampshire, where changeable weather all weekend resulted in the Saturday qualifying session being cancelled due to heavy rain, meaning the grid was decided from the Friday free practice session.

This put Chris in eighth place and race one on the Sunday saw him move to fourth by the end of the fist lap. He continued alternating between third and fifth places and a good place was on the cards when he retired due to mechanical problems on lap 15 out of 20.

Race two went better for Walker, starting the grid in fifth position.

And he never left the top eight places during the whole race, which finished early on lap 13 due to safety car deployment which left him in seventh place in front of Derby’s Jon Kirkham.

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend saw Round Three head north to the picturesque circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire, the venue that saw him claim that impressive victory last season.

An excellent sixth place in qualifying gave him a good start in race one, but getting caught up in an accident ahead dropped him to 10th position and left Walker with a fight on his hands, finishing ninth.

Race two went more to plan, seeing him finish in sixth position with the warm weather causing front grip issues on the bike.

After a five-week break, Walker was keen to maintain his top six position in the Championship when it moved to Knockhill in Scotland, qualifying in 10th. By the end of the first lap of race one of the weekend he was in seventh position, moving to sixth and finishing fifth after Lincoln-born rider Alex Lowe crashed in front of him on lap 15 of 30.

Starting race two on the second row, Chris was in confident mood, moving to fifth position which he kept for the whole race and was never under threat - his best positions since the start of the season.

Walker is next in action on the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th July at Snetterton and locally at Cadwell Park on 24th/25th/26th August and Donington Park on 6th/7th/8th September.

Chad will be following Chris Walker through the rest of the 2013 BSB season with regular reports and interviews.

Look out for further Chad motorsport competitions, including one to win tickets to see the Donington Park round of the MCE British Superbike Championship to seeChris Walker in action, in association with Donington Park Circuit and Paul Horton Motorsport Photography.