CHRISSY Rouse is looking to build on his podium finish last time out as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship heads to Oulton Park.
The Quinnstheprinters.com BMW by Team IMR rider finish second in the second race at Brands Hatch Indy just over a fortnight ago, and now the Geordie is eyeing more silverware at the third round of the series.
At a track which has traditionally been one of his strongest, the Newcastle University student wants to build on the previous round’s success and make a bid for the front this weekend.
Following a successful outing at the official Bennetts British Superbike Championship test last week, Rouse is keen to keep the momentum going strong this weekend.
“We had a really good test there last Thursday and I think we’re in a very strong position as we head to Oulton Park,” he said.
“Brands Hatch was a great weekend for me, I just missed out on a podium in the first race, but I was over the moon to fight for the second and get my first podium of the year for Ian Moffitt and the Quinnstheprinters.com BMW by IMR team.
“I’m confident we can hit the ground running this weekend and push to the front. We’ve only got the one race this time, so it will be all to play for which makes it even more exciting.”
Rouse is currently sitting fifth in the championship on 52 points, and knows a good points finish this weekend could catapult him a few places up in the title chase.
“I want to climb higher up in the championship and I know points are vital at Oulton. After this weekend we’ve got six weeks until the next round, so it’s very important for me to get a strong result before we all go off for the break.
“I like Oulton, I got two podiums there last and I’ve had some of my best results there over the years. I led my first Superstock 1000 race there as well, so it would be very nice if I could do the same again this weekend.”
Rouse’s race weekend kicks off with free practice this Saturday, May 5 with qualifying on Sunday and the race on Bank Holiday Monday morning.
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