BSB: Walker back on a superbike with TAG Yamaha

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Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker jumped back on a British Superbike-spec machine for the first time since 2015 as he joined the TAG Racing squad for their opening test of the 2018 season at Jerez.

Walker will join the Swadlincote-based outfit to work with Shaun Winfield in a mentor role, but jumped at the chance to test Josh Brookes’ 2017 championship runner-up machine during the three-day test.

Not only was it Walker’s first time on a superbike in over two years, but the test also marked a significant step forward for the four-time BSB runner-up as he continues to recover from the badly broken back he suffered in a sidecar crash at Cadwell Park last year.

“It’s been good! It’s an honour to ride around on Brookesy’s bike. I’ve done plenty of laps and even entered a couple of cheeky races and didn’t do so bad there, so maybe I’ve still got it!

“It was amazing to get back on the Superbike, I love my sidecars but there’s nothing quite like a full fat 210bhp British Superbike… Have I got the taste for more? Hell yeah!”

Walker’s involvement with the TAG Racing squad has sparked rumours he could make a one-off return to BSB at some point this season. Who wouldn’t want to see that? 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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