The Walker Racing family was looking to continue their hot start in the Hillbilly Gran Prix as the off-road motorcycle racing series kicked off it’s fourth round at Kilburn Woods in Bolivar, MO, on Sunday, Jan. 10.
Three of the Walkers would do just that, but the family’s success took a backseat to the safety of Jeremy and Amanda Walker’s second oldest, Jhadyn, who was injured in a wreck.
After getting caught up with other riders, Walker went down and was struck by another motorcycle. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that he had a fractured pelvis and L4 vertebrae, along with a slight lung puncture.
Walker was able to go home from Missouri Monday night and all three injuries are expected to heal on their own, with the pelvic fracture taking the longest at 12 weeks.
This was Walker’s third race in the Hillbilly Gran Prix series in his first year in the pro class. He was 12th going into the event with two top eight finishes, but moved to 13th with the DNF (did not finish).
The rest of the weekend couldn’t have gone much better for the Walkers as Jhadyn’s siblings both collected finishes in the top two.
Jhak Walker entered the race in sixth in the B Junior standings, despite missing the first race of the 2020-21 season. he made up for lost time by winning both round two and round three, posting overall finishes of 29th and 41st in the process.
On Sunday, he was even better, winning the B Junior class by more than three minutes and posting the fastest time in the overall B class on the day, finishing 17th overall in PM Big Bikes. The win moved him up to fourth in the B Junior standings, seven points behind James Jenkins and Koy Essary for first.
Younger brother Jhenner Walker would be nearly as good, finishing second in the PeeWee eight-and-under division. Walker finished just behind winner Cordale Pryor to claim the second spot.
Walker moved from third to second in the PeeWee eight-and-under standings, 28 points behind Pryor for first.
The kids weren’t the only ones to have a good day as Jeremy Walker posted the top overall time in the AM Big Bikes. Walker ran in the Trailrider class and posted a time of 1:11:22 to snag the top spot.
Round five of the Hillbilly Gran Prix series will be on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Blue Hollar in Reed Springs, MO. The Walkers have also previously raced in the KENDA AMA National Enduro Championship Series, which begins on Feb. 7, with the Sumter National at Manchester State Forest in Wedgefield, SC, and the WFO Promotions Hare Scramble Series, which begins Feb. 28, in Keithsburg.