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Walker 14th fastest despite partially paralysed face

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

The effects of Bell’s Palsy have left Chris Walker with blurred vision and unable to complete more than a handful of laps at a time. Yet he toughed it out to rack up 72 laps and end up 14th fastest after two days of the current WSB tests in Spain.Walker flew out to the test at Valencia in Spain at ...

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Best test times of Saturday and Sunday

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

Valencia, Spain, WSB test, February 23-24, 20021. T Bayliss: 1’34.922. 2. N Haga: 1’34.957. 3. C Edwards: 1’35.168. 4. B Bostrom: 1’35.260. 5. R Xaus: 1’35.260. 6. P Chili: 1’35.668. 7. S Martin: 1’35.962. 8. L Pedercini: 1’35.962. 9. H Izutsu: 1’36.032. 10. J Toseland: 1’36.305. 11. N Hodgson: 1’36.358.12 G Lavilla: 1’36.595. 13. J Borja: 1’36.728. 14. C.Walker: 1’36.930. ...

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Slight to race in UK

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

Aaron Slight will be racing a 500bhp V8 this year. No it’s not Moto GP gone mad, he’s on four wheels for the ASCAR oval racing series in the UK and Germany.Slight is driving the TJ Motorsports Ford, under his traditional number 111. The American motor is capable of 220mph, and its rear wheel drive should make for some exciting ...

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Neil Hodgson: In his own words

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

Jo d: You were very pleased with the Philip Island test but seemed more frustrated during the Valencia test. Do you think this is essentially down to your style being incompatible with the circuit rather than a more wide-ranging problem?NeilHodgson: Erm, yes. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. I do have a slight problem with the ...

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Smart replaces injured McGuiness

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Injured John McGuinness will be replaced by Scott Smart for this weekend’s crucial final test at Valencia before the start of the World Supersport season.McGuinness injured himself while filming a video for Honda at Croft last week and needs rest to allow damaged shoulder ligaments to heal.Smart will race for Honda in the British national supersport class and was promised ...

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Walker’s face paralysed by illness

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Chris Walker has partial paralysis of the face caused by a disease known as Bell’s Palsy.One of his eyes doesn’t blink, he can’t move his lips or swallow properly. He’s having to wear a patch over the affected eye.Obviously, if things don’t improve, Friday’s Valencia WSB test is off the agenda. But 50 per cent of sufferers make a swift ...

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Walker will test despite paralysis

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Chris Walker will test his Kawasaki WSB bike this weekend despite continued problems with partial facial paralysis caused by Bell’s Palsy.Walker has been having treatment all week to try and alleviate the problems but has opted to give the test a go despite there being no change in his condition.Bell’s Palsy causes partial facial paralysis and can be caused by ...

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Chat live with Neil Hodgson

Anonymous, 11 February 2002 00:00

WSB star Neil Hodgson will be in our VIP Lounge for a live web chat on Friday, February 22.The session will be held in the afternoon, as soon as he’s finished his first day of WSB testing at Valencia, Spain.It will start at around 5pm. But to prepare yourself in advance, you can only take part in live web chats ...

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Aprilia plays down reliability fears

Anonymous, 04 February 2002 00:00

Noriyuki Haga’s Aprilia team has dismissed the mechanical disasters it suffered at the Phillip Island WSB tests as a normal part of pre-season shake-downs.Haga blew up three of the latest versions of the RSV1000’s in just two days and was forced to miss much of the second day after both bikes exploded within 30 minutes of each other.An Aprilia spokesman ...

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Foggy WSB project up against it

Anonymous, 04 February 2002 00:00

Foggy won’t know if his WSB project has any hope of getting off the ground this year until the end of April.By then the first three-cylinder engine must have completed extensive bench testing, or the season is over before it starts.Eskil Suter, the engineering expert Foggy has entrusted to get his all-new WSB bike ready to race at Laguna Seca ...

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