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Walker and Buchan announced for Be Wiser Kawasaki's MCE BSB debut

Wednesday, November 05 2014

The Be Wiser Kawasaki team will make their debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in 2015 and have announced their two-strong rider line-up of the experienced Chris Walker and young gun Danny Buchan.

Walker qualified for the title-deciding Showdown for the first time in 2014 with a consistent campaign that saw him return to the podium with GBmoto Kawasaki and end the season in sixth place in the standings. As one of the most experienced riders on the grid Walker will now continue his long-term association with Kawasaki as he joins the new team managed by former champion Tommy Hill.  

Reigning Superstock champion Danny Buchan will return to MCE BSB alongside Walker after lifting the 2014 Superstock crown in dominant style, celebrating eight victories and a further three second places from the 12 races, only failing to score points at Donington Park.

Walker said: "I am chuffed to bits to be a part of this team and I am pleased that I have been able to return next season after doing a good enough job in 2014 to warrant this opportunity. I believe the team can be as competitive as I was last season with GBmoto without a doubt. I know we have a good level of machinery and with Tommy's involvement and feedback it should be fantastic. Also for me being team-mates with Danny made this quite a mouth-watering prospect because of it being a new team, where I can help with the development.

"I am looking forward to seeing Danny get his teeth into it. It is a bit like all those years ago when Niall Mackenzie and Terry Rymer helped me and took me under their wing; it was amazing at the time. For me to be able to work with Danny - with me old enough to be his dad - means we can push each other week in and week out and have a lot of fun too."

Buchan said: "I feel really happy to be back in the Superbike Championship and I believe that after the season I have had in Superstock that I deserve this opportunity. It is definitely going to be competitive and I won't be doing anything differently to how I approached last season. I will come into each event with the same attitude as before - doing the absolute best job I can.

"To come back and ride the Superbike again with a competitive team was what I hoped for in 2015, so I am really excited and can't wait to get started.  It is great to be a part of a new team, but one that also comes with a lot of experience with Chris as a team-mate and also Tommy as a manager."

Team manager Tommy Hill concluded: "This has been a massively exciting project, especially to be involved with two great riders. It is an exciting time and we have been really busy getting everything in place as we have started from scratch but we are already in a good position. I am hoping we can do a great job in 2015. We have an exciting line up with Danny and Chris and I am really looking forward to getting started. I am a very competitive person in whatever I do and this has given me a real buzz to work hard with both riders to deliver a great debut season with Be Wiser Kawasaki."