CHRISSY Rouse is gearing up for his ‘home’ round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship as the series crosses the border into Scotland this weekend.
The Geordie rider is looking forward to getting back out on his Morello Racing Kawasaki as the championship heads to Knockhill in Fife – marking the closest track to his home near Newcastle, Tyne and Wear.
Rouse’s last race weekend was cut short almost before it started when he crashed out during qualifying at Brands Hatch, damaging the bike beyond repair. It meant he was forced to miss out on both races, much to his disappointment.
But now it’s all behind him as he heads to Knockhill, one of his favourite tracks on the calendar and one where he receives a lot of local support.
“I’m not going to lie, I was devastated not to race at Brands Hatch, it took me a while to get over it,” he said. “But that’s all behind us now. The team has been amazing and has been working hard to get the bike built and ready for Knockhill, which is the nearest I have to a local round.
“I love the track, I’ve had some good results there in the past and we had a really good test there recently where I felt we got a good base setting for my Kawasaki.”
Last year, Rouse made his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut at Knockhill with the Halsall Racing squad, so this weekend he is keen to get back out on the Superstock machine – and is also looking forward to welcoming his local fans.
“Last year was very different as I was on the Superbike for the first time, whereas this time I am excited to be back fighting on the Superstock machine. I had some great races up there when I was on the BMW a few years back so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my best this year.
“Knockhill is also extra special because it’s the round most of my local fans can get to. We always put a coach on and bring a load of supporters up on race day and it’s a great chance to see everyone. I love it when all of my friends and family come out to watch and I’m looking forward to putting on a good show for them all.”