For a very long time, Chris Walker has always been one of the favourite riders of BSB fans, who consider him as a role model, a generous man and a not-too-aggressive rider. Today, almost 47-year-old “Stalker” works at TAG Racing as consultant and test rider. However, he’s still willing to race and so 2019 season will see him go back on a sidecar.
WALKER’S NEW LIFE – Despite leaving BSB in 2015, Walker has always remained in the racing world, as he owns a motorcycle retailer (Chris Walker Kawasaki), he works as a riding instructor and he’s the coach of BSB rider Shaun Winfield. However, he still likes to ride and last year he rode TAG Racing’s Yamaha R1 machine on four different tracks (Jerez, Cartagena, Oulton Park and Snetterton). Following this, the rumour mill had said more than once that Walker was set to do wildcard appearances in British Superbike.
STALKER’S THOUGHTS – “I had a great time during my first season on a sidecar“, admitted Walker. “Unfortunately, in 2017 it didn’t go well, since I got injured at Cadwell Park. However, as a rider I don’t want to leave anything open: I feel like I still have some work to finish in British Sidecar Championship. Furthermore, I didn’t want to end my career due to an injury. I know it will be hard business, but I will count on a both young and experienced team-mate like Tom Christie. I’m looking forward to testing in France in the upcoming weeks. I’ll try to understand the new 600cc engine, in order to get ready at best for 2019 season“.
Translated by Alessandro Palma