Walker hunting top six as Showdown approaches
10 August 2012 10:53
Chris Walker is just 21 points shy of the top six in the standings as the British Superbike Championship heads to Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend and with two rounds before the Title Fighters are decided the ‘Stalker’ is back to full fitness and raring to get started.
Walker became the fifth race winner of the 2012 season at Oulton Park to give the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki team their debut victory in the championship, but a crash at Knockhill left him with two broken heels and subsequently slowed his momentum.
However he is now back to full fitness and following a positive test at Donington Park this week that allowed the team to test new parts ahead of the final two rounds of the Main Season he is confident that he can build on his early season form.
Walker said: “It is game on for us at Cadwell Park and we still have a shot at the top six. My plan is to still be up there fighting for it, but of course it wasn’t part of the plan to crash out at Brands Hatch so where we took two steps forward, we then took two back again.
"The main thing is that at the last round we found a really good setting and the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki is the best it has been all season so the speed and confidence are there.
"The main thing is that I am now one hundred percent fit after the crash from Knockhill and that means we can try and get back to where we were before.
“We had some new parts to test at Donington Park that we haven’t been able to try at an event and the test there was important because that will be the last round before the Showdown.
"The bike is working well but we know there are areas where we still need to make some improvements for the next two rounds to try and get into that top six.
"On paper we have a good chance both at Cadwell Park and then at Donington Park to make it happen; the team are working hard and we know what the Kawasaki is capable of so hopefully we can close that gap and make up for the points we lost after the Knockhill crash.”