BSB: Walker injured in sidecar practice smash

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Fans’ Favourite Chris Walker was an unfortunate casualty from this weekend’s action at the eighth round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park after a nasty crash in Friday’s Sidecar session. 

The multiple BSB runner-up crashed his Kawasaki-powered Santander Salt outfit at Mansfield and was taken to hospital with suspected back injuries. It has since been confirmed he sustained a break to his T4 vertebrae, which is thought to be stable, as well as a broken nose. He remains in hospital where he is undergoing further treatment.


“I’ve been racing sidecars for 18 months now and this is my first crash,” Walker said. “It’s a shame it had to be a big one, the bike was a real mess but I’m glad Ash is OK!”

Walker’s passenger, Ashley Hawes, sustained soft tissue injuries.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing