CHRISSY Rouse is eyeing a Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship top three this weekend as he returns to the track where he took his first series podium – Oulton Park.

After a tough opening round a fortnight ago where he suffered a mechanical issue which stopped him making the grid for the second part of the double race and was taken out by another rider on the opening lap of race two, the Geordie racer plans to re-start his 2019 campaign as the series heads to Cheshire.

Rouse will be back in action aboard the Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR which has been completely rebuilt by Steven Buckenham’s squad since his Silverstone crash and he is confident he can push for a strong weekend.

Oulton Park is a track which has  yielded some of the trainee maths teacher’s best results – it was there we he took his first ever Superstock 1000 podium when he crossed the line second in 2017 and he also banked a third place a year ago.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, I’ve always had good results at Oulton Park and it’s a track I always enjoy riding,” he said.

“I was on the podium last time I raced there a year ago. I missed the second round last season when I was on the Superbike as I was out with injury, so I’m even more keen than usual to get back.

“The last round wasn’t ideal for us but it’s been and gone and I can’t think of a better track to try for a change of fortune. I know I can go well there so I’ll certainly be aiming for a podium.

“If I can get a good result it will go some way to making up for two races without points at Silverstone, so I’ll be pushing as hard as I can.”

Rouse’s weekend begins this Saturday, May 4 with two free practice sessions, followed by qualifying on Sunday and an 18-lap race on Bank Holiday Monday.