CHRISSY Rouse is keen to get back to his podium-finishing ways as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship makes its first trip of the year to Brands Hatch.
The Geordie racer is getting ready to tackle another busy weekend, featuring both a double-header race on Saturday and a standard length scrap on Sunday, which will give him the opportunity to bank a strong haul of points.
Last time out, Rouse finished second at the end of the double-header at Donington Park, putting himself back on the podium and getting his championship chase back on track, but was unlucky to be taken out by another rider in the standard race.
Now he is looking to make amends as he gets back on board his Morello Racing Kawasaki to take on the GP circuit, a track where he’s tasted plenty of podium Champagne in previous seasons.
“I’m really excited to be heading back to Brands Hatch – I’ve had some good results there over the years and I can’t wait to get back,” he said. “I love the track, the last time I rode there was in British Superbikes last July where I finished 11th and 14th, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do back on the Superstock bike.”
Since the last round, Rouse has enjoyed some track time with the team at the official BSB test at Knockhill earlier this week and believes this will certainly help him this weekend.
“It was great to get out at Knockhill on Monday, it’s a very different track to Brands Hatch GP but the work we did will certainly prove beneficial this weekend.
“I feel that after the tough start we had, we’ve made huge steps with the new Kawasaki and we are improving all the time. We are definitely much more competitive than we were at the start of the season and I think we can certainly continue to fight at the front.
“I’m a massive fan of the long, double-header races so I’m over the moon that we’ve got another one this weekend. After getting a second place last time, I want at least the same again and I plan to push all the way.”
Rouse’s weekend kicks-off on Friday with free practice, before qualifying and the double-header race on Saturday and concluding with a standard length race on Sunday morning.