CHRISSY Rouse has vowed to put a tough opening round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship behind him after being hit by bad luck at Silverstone.
The Morello Racing Kawasaki rider had a difficult start to his 2019 season, registering just one finish in three races but says he’s now simply focusing on the rest of the year.
Following a technical problem during qualifying, the team worked flat-out to fit a new engine into his ZX-10RR in time for him to make the grid for Saturday’s double-header race where he lined up in 11th position.
Despite having no time to test the changes since the engine swap, Rouse managed to pull-off a points scoring finish as he crossed the line seventh in the first leg of the race.
However, his machine had started to suffer an oil leak in the closing stages and with just 10 minutes between the races, there was no time for the team to fix the problem, forcing him out of race two.
And more drama was to follow in Sunday’s normal length race when another rider hit him from behind on the first lap and he crashed out. Although he escaped unharmed, his bike smashed into a barrier hard and suffered severe damage.
“It was just one of those weekends, just about everything that could go wrong went wrong,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a hard weekend anyway, but no-one could’ve expected so much to go wrong.
“I’m really disappointed. After the oil leak in race one I was hoping we’d get a good race on Sunday so to be taken out in the first lap was just devastating. It’s a shame because the bike is very badly damaged and the team has a big job on now to get it ready for the next round.
“Perhaps it’s a good thing to get this bad round out of the way early, so we can now just look forward to the rest of the year and concentrate on coming back at Oulton for the next round ready to start afresh. It’s a long season so there’s plenty of time to turn things around.”