CHRISSY Rouse remains seventh in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship standings after finishing ninth as the series hit Thruxton for its sole visit of the season.
The Geordie racer admits he pushed too hard in the opening stages of Sunday’s 16-lap scrap at the Hampshire circuit, which caused him to lose grip and drop a number of places in the closing laps.
Rouse had qualified his Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR in eighth position for Sunday’s race, but got a slower start than he’d have liked, holding the place in the opening laps before starting to move up the order.
By lap nine he was running in sixth and in the leading group with the intention of making further progress in the latter stages of the race. He kept with the front pack for the next few laps but with just two to go, he started to struggle for grip and slowly dropped down the order to eventually finish ninth.
“Basically, I had a plan for the race. I was confident that I had a good pace, we did some long stints in practice and I felt I knew what I was dealing with,” he said.
“In the race, I think I got boxed in a bit on the first lap and I had to really push much harder than I’d have liked to catch the front group and I just used too much tyre.
“In the second half of the race, I felt it was going well but in the last few laps I had no pace and I couldn’t maintain my position. I realised I’d pushed too hard in those opening laps and I didn’t have any grip left.”
While frustrated about missing out on a strong finish, Rouse was happy to bank seven points which keeps him seventh in the title scrap and has vowed to learn from his error and move on.
“I am disappointed because I was looking on course for a strong finish. But it was just one of those things, it was my mistake. I hadn’t qualified well so I gave myself a lot of work to do and it proved a bit costly at the end.
“It was good to get another points finish. I’m still seventh in the championship so I haven’t lost too much there and now I’m just looking forward to my favourite track, Cadwell Park, in a few weeks.”
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