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Small talk with LPE Kawasaki's Connor Walkley

Small talk with LPE Kawasaki's Connor Walkley

Lewis Lloyd

Young welshman Connor Walkley had a very successful year in 2010 winning both BYMX and MXY2 championships, this year plan is for him to race in the adult pro ranks competing in the Maxxis British championship MX2 class and Red Bull series.

Connor all ready for the 2011 season

MOTO – You had a really good year last year Connor, talk us through how it went and how you got on?
“Yeah last year was awesome for me I raced the BYMX and Mxy2 Maxxis championship and I won both titles. My goal at the beginning of the year was to try my best to win these two titles and doing this has given me a huge confidence boost, I’m super happy with how last year went.”

MOTO – So with such a successful year last year what have you decided to race this year?
“My plans for 2011 are to race the Maxxis mx2 championship and the Red bull pro’s which I’m looking forward to as it’s my first year racing as a pro and I’m excited to learn and bang bars with the more experienced riders.”

MOTO – Have you got a ride for a team next year then?
“Yeah, this last year’s results has landed me with a pro ride with Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki along side of Gert Krestinov and Bryan Mackenzie who I really respect and get on really well with. The team is just like a big family everyone gets on well and gets there job done and i love being part of the team that’s run by Steve James”.

MOTO – So with the weather not being great, have you been able to ride much in the off season?
“Yeah I’ve been doing a bit of riding in the off season, I’ve been trying to ride a bit of everything really getting myself ready to ride all sorts of tracks as good as each other. I haven’t been able to go abroad yet, but i think there’s plenty of hard testing tracks in Britain at the minute so no need to travel abroad”.

MOTO – What does your normal day consist of then?
“My normal day usually consists of getting up early and going to college where I study art and design. Then I get home and usually hit the gym and hang out with mates, or ride a bit of BMX which is real fun in the summer”.

MOTO – How’re you feeling with all the training you’ve been putting in leading up to the start of your first season in the Adult Pro Ranks?
“I’m feeling really good leading to the start of the season as my first pro season, as I know I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work at the gym and also on the bike. I think I’m the fittest I’ve ever been right now and I’m really enjoying riding so hopefully everything goes to plan and I have a good year”.
MOTO – The start of the season isn’t far away now, where’s your first event?
“My first event is in March which is the Maxxis British Championship at little silver. I’m really looking forward to it because I like the track and usually the first round is pretty damp and I love riding in the mud so I’m prepared for this race i can’t wait”.

MOTO – Is there anybody you would like to thank leading up to the start of the season?
“Yes I’d like to say thanks to all my sponsors for getting me to where I am today and also to my mum and dad they’ve given everything up for me I really appreciate their commitment to what I want do! I’d also like to thank my manager from last year Ross Burridge for doing everything he could to make it easier for me and my family to race and last but not least I’d like to thank my new manager Steve James for giving me the opportunity to race on his team”.

Thanks Connor, and good luck for this year.


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