WSB: Walker signs for Vent Axia Honda

Baby-faced Nottinghamshire lad signs up with Paul Bird Motorsport for the remainder of the 2008 season

Posted: 25 July 2008
by Visordown News

PAUL BIRD Motorsport has signed Chris Walker to race for the Vent Axia VK team for the rest of the 2008 Hannspree World Superbike Championship.

The 36 year old from Nottinghamshire will join existing rider Gregorio Lavilla in the team for the remaining five rounds commencing at Brands Hatch over the weekend of August 1/2/3rd.

Walker, four times a runner-up in the British Superbike Championship, has been racing in the World Supersport Championship this season but hasn't enjoyed the best of luck on his Kawasaki so the rider, who has 138 WSB races and twelve podiums under his belt, says he's relishing the opportunity of racing a superbike again.


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Posted: 25/07/2008 at 11:12

So Paul Bird is getting another chance to take an undoubtably class rider and turn him into an also ran. I think he is running a campaign to rid the world of road racers!


Posted: 25/07/2008 at 11:28

waste of time walker going he will be running at back of the grid like he was in the 600 class time he called it day and do trackday tuitions. give some one else a chance some young blood a a go.

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 17:07

It's the only way the old duffer will get any more fans.

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 17:09

bit harsh lads. can't see him runnig up front but with two bristish rounds coming up ya never know. plenty of coverage for the sponsors i suppose.


Posted: 25/07/2008 at 19:16

wing1122 wrote (see)
waste of time walker going he will be running at back of the grid like he was in the 600 class time he called it day and do trackday tuitions. give some one else a chance some young blood a a go.

are you trying to win a popularity contest

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 19:37

What does his team who was running him on a 600 think of this ?


Posted: 25/07/2008 at 20:41

probably thank fuck that  shit english rider ain't here no more


Posted: 25/07/2008 at 23:16

I think he will do rather well. Always good to have another UK rider in WSB. I predict he will be the next Bayliss!

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 23:33

Hasn't he won WSB races in the past as a wildcard?

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 23:37

Big Nige wrote (see)
Hasn't he won WSB races in the past as a wildcard?

That was Hodgson - Walker won on the a Kawasaki a few years back after falling off on an early lap - it was pissing it down though and pretty well everyone else fell off too.

Posted: 25/07/2008 at 23:40

Good god man! how can you post pics like that! I cant even remember what I was going to write now.  Ah yes, good luck to the Stalker he was on a shit bike, finishing 12th and being the first Kwak over the line tells its own storry.  I wasnt going to bother with Brands this year but I am now. Says it all.

You have a real nice are mate!


Posted: 26/07/2008 at 08:16

i think he will do well if the bike is good enough.he was buy far the best of the kwaker racer's last time out .was a crying shame when they bin'd him off instead of that french twat

Posted: 26/07/2008 at 10:01

 He was testing in our group at Oulton Park last Wednesday. What a pleasure it was to watch one rider that quick in isolation. He had the track to himself over lucnh so we could watch from the pit wall. I could not believe the speed he carried over the start fiish line and the way he braked and barreled into the first corner was a serious eye opener. 

  Was great to share a trck with him though, really hits home how quick these guys are. I came out the right hander from the first chicane, drifted right towards the kerb just before the brow. Walker came past me in the gap I allow for my 'safety margin' ! Eeek !  

 The mans a hero, I hope he does well but Birdy isn't exactly diplomatic when he parts company with the riders he employs.


Posted: 26/07/2008 at 11:28

Hmmmm. Hope he goes well. It'll generate interest no doubt and Birdy knows that.

Posted: 27/07/2008 at 22:47

kirklet wrote (see)

  Was great to share a trck with him though, really hits home how quick these guys are. I came out the right hander from the first chicane, drifted right towards the kerb just before the brow. Walker came past me in the gap I allow for my 'safety margin' ! Eeek !  

See, to my mind that's dangerous riding, professional racer or not.

This was a trackday not a race practice day and if this prick needs to ride like this he'd get a boot in his pods from me if I was the one leaving the safety margin.


Posted: 27/07/2008 at 23:00

Big Nige wrote (see)

See, to my mind that's dangerous riding, professional racer or not.

This was a trackday not a race practice day and if this prick needs to ride like this he'd get a boot in his pods from me if I was the one leaving the safety margin.


That's not very magnanimous Nige - I always saw you as a live & let live type

Posted: 27/07/2008 at 23:08

Do you not think it dangerous then?

Posted: 27/07/2008 at 23:10

I'm on the fence with this - I've had people barge past me on the track, in what I'd consider my safety zone and been quite annoyed.

In the same breath, though, he is a professional racer, so unlikely to risk himself or another (amateur) rider. He probably flew through a gap that he saw as an open invitation.

I'd rather it was done by a pro, than a guy who happens to have a 1000 to my 600, but can see both sides.


Posted: 27/07/2008 at 23:13

One persons safety margin is anothers big gap, plenty enough room to get through with no probs.

Its all relative


Posted: 27/07/2008 at 23:30

JT did a similar thing to me back in 97.

I assumed he knew what he was doing.

Jurgen Fuchs came a bit closer a few years ago, there was a rizla paper in it. I did mention to him that it was a bit close, he laughed and said "yes it was"


Posted: 28/07/2008 at 10:10

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