Shake up at Bournemouth Kawasaki

BSB veteran and young gun join forces

BOURNEMOUTH Kawasaki have strengthened their line up for the 2013 British Superbike Championship as Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker is joined by youngster Danny Buchan.

The team achieved its maiden victory at Oulton Park last season, with Walker securing his first race win in a decade. 

19-year-old Buchan joins the team after making his debut in the Championship in 2012 with MSS Bathams Kawasaki - he has been tipped for big things since achieving fourth place at only his second event. He had previously contended the title in the National Superstock 1000 Championship.

Buchan said: 'I am so happy to be back riding a Kawasaki, especially to be in BSB full time as that has always been one of my goals. It will be my first full season in the championship but I think working with the Bournemouth Kawasaki team and Chris will help me make progress all the time.

'I wasn’t very lucky last season but I think we can turn things around next year and we know that the Kawasaki is capable of winning races so we need to get ready and come out with a big boom at Brands Hatch!'

Fan favourite Walker was in contention for a position in the Showdown last season until a crash at Knockhill left him with broken heels. 

He said: 'I love racing in BSB and I am absolutely chuffed to be back on the grid in 2013 with Kawasaki.

'Last year was the team’s first season in BSB and we won a race, which was an amazing feat. I think if it hadn’t been for the crash at Knockhill we would have been in with a shot of the Showdown so that bodes well for 2013.

'It is great to be team-mates with Danny as I think we will be able to push each other all season and to have someone young and talented like him in the garage means I can pass on some of my experience as I was fortunate enough to have that at the start of my career. It will be the youngest versus oldest, tallest versus smallest in our garage but I can’t wait as it should be a great season!'

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