Kinghorn youth bike ace Keo Walker wants to be elite racing’s future star

Keo regularly reaches speeds of up to 120 mph (Photo by Checkered Flag Images)

The Balwearie High School pupil has been riding motorbikes for seven years and is currently riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400 – backed by McIntosh Minibikes – in his first year in the British Championship junior supersport class, with young competitors aged between 13 and 22 . Keo is the youngest in his class.

“Ideally Keo wants to be a professional superbike rider,” said his father Clint, 45. Fife Free Press. “There are young people who started doing this around 18 or 19 years old.

“We have a six-year plan and I think Keo has the talent to do it.

Keo shifts into high gear again (Photo by Checkered Flag Images)

“He has the ambition and the skill level to be able to do it.

“Keo is doing well against the top kids in the UK. We’ve remained quite open-minded as he’s only really ridden a gear bike for three years.

“In 2020 he did half a season because of Covid. In 2021 he did a season in England on a restricted bike and now he’s come up to British level, the highest he can get.

“His best result so far was 11th out of 36, which is good because you score points up to 15th.

Keo Walker takes a corner in impressive fashion (Photo by Mandys Sport Photography)

“Our target was really just for him to more or less score points all year and be in the top 25 in the first few races and he’s kind of surpassed that now by already managing to score points.

“A lot of what happens in the future will depend on money. The next few years are going to be even more difficult for us because if you can’t do it yourself, sometimes you have to be part of a team. and you’re talking about £30,000 or £40,000 that you have to give to the team.

“They then let you ride the bike for the year and if you’re successful you might get it a little cheaper next year.”

Keo and Clint are joined at meetings – which usually have two 10-lap races each – by Debbie (Clint’s wife and Keo’s mother) and the teenager’s 22-year-old brother, Ty, who races also, with various top tracks all over the UK. having already been visited by the family in 2022.

The Walker family travels across the country to see the Keo races (Photo by Mandys Sport Photography)

“It’s great fun to do even though it’s very stressful and very financially draining,” Clint said. “I’ve always been interested in motorsport and I think my kids just followed that.

“We’ve always loved cars, motorcycles and fast things. It’s just the adrenaline of competitiveness, the speed of going around a race track as fast as possible. I think we all feel that. the buzz.

“What we’re really trying to do now is get Keo into that top 10 because the bikes are very similar in the class he’s in, so there’s usually a group of 10 or 12 that come together. will untie and pass in front at the start of the race. Any one of those 10 could possibly win.

“Keo is right in the middle of that group, he’s not quite on them and just trying to close the gap by getting into that faster group up front.

“He learns a lot from mistakes or suspension changes. Once you’re at British level, everything is more important and you really have to know what you’re doing, so we all learn as a team.

“Next year, I hope he can get into winning races and fight for the top three in the championship. I think he is capable of doing that.

“He’s still learning a lot and sometimes you forget you’re talking to a 14-year-old. He’s really tall, about six-foot-two.

“If I watch videos from 2020 you can see me teaching him how to use a clutch and kick start. Now he’s racing on a 120mph track with the best kids in the UK!”

Keo’s next British Championship meeting is at Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend, with the remaining three rounds to follow at Oulton Park in Cheshire, Donington Park in Leicestershire and Brands Hatch in Kent.

Clint, who has himself raced motorcycles at Scottish Championship level, explained how Keo got involved in the sport in the first place.

The father added: “Keo started with a guy called Alan McIntosh, from Edinburgh. He runs a Scottish competition where he tries to get the kids involved in motorsport and lets them ride a minibike for a year.

“Alan has been doing this for many years and he has launched quite a few successful Scottish runners.

“We have a lot of sponsors, the main of which is the Koku Shi restaurant. We are always trying to get additional help.”

Keo has very active Instagram and Facebook racing pages allowing people to follow his progress at Keo Walker Racing. Some of his races are televised on Eurosport and Discovery+ App.

A typical race weekend costs the family between £1,600 and £2,000, so any financial support is greatly appreciated.

To offer sponsorship support, email Clint at [email protected] or call him on 07762 357325.

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