CHRISSY Rouse is looking to build on his recent results and continue his climb in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship as the series heads to Thruxton this weekend.
The Geordie racer is excited ahead of round eight at the high-speed Hampshire circuit and says he knows where he needs to improve as he tackles a track which has brought him mixed results in the past.
Rouse arrives at Thruxton sitting seventh in the championship and after two fifth places in the previous two rounds, the Morello Racing Kawasaki rider hopes to be quick as soon as the weekend gets underway.
“Looking at the last few races, I’ve made a slow start to the weekend but then got quicker each time I’ve gone out. By the time the race arrives I’ve been fast but I’ve been hampered by my qualifying result,” he said.
“We have the pace out there but I’ve lost a lot of time trying to get through the field because I’ve been stuck with a lower grid position than I’d like. By the time I’m getting through the pack, the leaders have cleared off.
“If I can start from inside the top six then I know I have a much better chance of getting through and challenging the frontrunners, so my aim this weekend is to get on the pace quicker so I can qualify well.”
It’s two years since the newly-qualified maths teacher raced Superstock machinery at Thruxton. Last year, he scored an impressive 10th position in just his third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with the Movuno.com Halsall Racing squad.
“I had a really good weekend last year when I got my first top 10 in BSB. I really enjoyed that race and I’d really like another strong result here this time, too.
“I’ve won here before back in the Triumph Triple days and I’m confident if I can get myself up to speed quicker, I can be up there getting stuck in.”
Rouse’s weekend gets underway with two free practice sessions this Friday, August 2, followed by qualifying on Saturday and the 16-lap race at 12.35pm on Sunday.
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