CHRISSY Rouse continued to rack up valuable Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship points as he crossed the line fifth at Donington Park.

Just a week on since bagging a third and a fourth at Knockhill, Rouse and the Morello Racing Kawasaki squad were back in action as part of the World Superbike Championship programme as it made its sole visit of the year to UK shores.

With less track time than normal, Rouse and the rest of the field had just one practice session on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday evening, where the Geordie racer managed to qualify in 10th position for Sunday’s race.

Rouse qualified 10th on the grid for Sunday’s race…

As the lights turned to green, Rouse made a good start, moving up three places on the opening lap and by half distance had clawed back another two places and was running fifth.

However, in the time he’d taken to move through the pack the leading group had broken away a little further up the road and despite his best efforts, he wasn’t able to catch the pack, settling for fifth at the chequered flag and 11 points.

“It wasn’t the easiest of weekends, so all in all I’m pleased that I was able to bank a strong fifth and bring home a solid haul of points,” he said. “I was a bit disappointed when I qualified 10th because I knew it would be hard to fight back from there, but I was determined to give it my best shot.

“We struggled with a few things over the weekend, a few things just didn’t quite click for me so I had to work hard. It was a tough race but I just put my head down and fought through as much as I could. The pace was very quick so I think I did the best job I could on the day.

“It’s Snetterton next in a few weeks and I’m really looking forward to it – I really like the circuit and I think the Kawasaki will work well there.”

Rouse and the team will be back out over the weekend of July 19-21 at Snetterton in Norfolk.

*Images: Bonnie Lane