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Walker set for 2016 challenge: Sidecar switch for the Stalker!

Wednesday, January 13 2016

Fans' favourite Chris 'Stalker' Walker will be back in the MCE British Superbike paddock this season, but not as you have seen him before! The MCE BSB runner-up and multiple race winner will be switching to three wheels, joining the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship in association with Molson.

Walker will switch from his more familiar Superbike to the three-wheel beast, where he will be positioned just inches from the track and can hit top speeds of 170mph in the most extreme support series to feature at selected MCE BSB events.

Walker will make his racing debut in the Championship at Oulton Park in May with the experienced Santander Salt Kawasaki team and is already excited about the new challenge ahead - comparing it to the feeling he had when he first raced in the Superbike class back in 1995.

'Stalker will get his first taste of the sidecar in anger in six weeks time with his debut test as he prepares for "one of the biggest challenges" he has faced during his distinguished career despite his huge experience in two wheel competition.

Walker said: "The BSB paddock feels like my home and so I am really excited by this completely new challenge, especially as the British Sidecar Championship is going from strength to strength. I have no knowledge of it so I am full of anticipation, although I have to say it is still a bit daunting!

"There is so much bright talent emerging in BSB right now and I have looked at the larger picture; I am a racer through and through, I always will be. This is a time for some of the young riders to get their chances whilst in my mid 40s I can still go racing and still get that feeling of a challenge, which is an amazing thing to be able to say.

"I really don't know what to expect and that is what I think excites me the most. The sidecar is completely different to a Superbike in terms of the gearing and braking so I am sure that will be something for me to get my head around, but the biggest draw for me is the new challenge.

"I have no preconceptions and I am realistic about the season. I will approach it like I did when I first raced Superbikes and that is to learn from my more experienced team-mates and use that as a gauge and just keep trying to improve.  Hopefully the same thought process that worked for me in my Superbike career will replicate onto three wheels too! The team have shown faith in me by giving me this opportunity and I am just excited now to get started."

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