CHRISSY Rouse is putting a tough weekend behind him and focusing on the rest of the season after banking a sixth place at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
The Geordie maths teacher was disappointed to leave the third round with just one points finish after being hit with a penalty following an incident during the first race of the weekend.
But the GR Motosport rider is refusing to dwell on it and is instead looking ahead to round four this coming weekend.
After a solid start in free practice, it all went downhill in qualifying when the pack was faced with a damp track. Rouse took a gamble with setup but it proved to be the wrong one and he ended up qualifying 22nd for the first race of the weekend.
After a lightning-quick start, he made up eight places in the opening lap and continued to scythe through the pack, climbing as high as seventh before just dropping back to ninth in the closing stages.
However, despite crossing the line in ninth position, he was later slapped with a 10 second penalty after a coming together with another rider, which dropped him to 18th in the results and out of the points.
But the defending champion had another chance in the second race of the weekend, where he lined up sixth on the grid. Another quick getaway propelled him straight up to third but despite his best efforts, he didn’t have the pace to keep with the leaders and eventually had to settle for sixth at the chequered flag.
“It was a tough weekend at Brands Hatch,” he said. “Qualifying didn’t really go to plan, we took a bit of a gamble with setup in the damp, I tried my best and came in 22nd!
“Then the first race was a bit hectic, working my way through the pack. I did cross the line ninth, however I later lost the place for what was in my opinion a racing incident.
“Usually in a race situation I think the most severe penalty would have been a long lap so to get completely removed from the points I think was a very harsh penalty.
“In race two I started sixth and having got a better start up to third I tried to sit behind the leading riders but I simply didn’t have the pace. I took sixth at the flag which I was disappointed with but on the day, this was the best I could do
“We’re back out this weekend at Thruxton which I’m looking forward to and hopefully put this behind us.”
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