CHRISSY Rouse is revved-up and ready for the start of the 2018 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship which kicks-off over the Easter weekend at Donington Park.

Back for a third season in the hard-fought national series, Rouse is aiming to better his fourth place in last year’s title fight as he lines up for the first time with the BMW by IMR squad.

Chrissy with team owner Ian Moffitt and team-mate Jordan Gilbert…

The 22-year-old, who is currently in the final year of his maths degree at Newcastle University, signed for the Isle of Man-based team late last year, and is already familiar with the BMW S1000RR, having ridden a similar machine in 2016 and 17 with the Mission Racing squad.

After a successful pre-season testing schedule, Rouse and the team enjoyed some late track time when they joined the Pirelli Super Series grid with the No Limits Racing club at Snetterton at the weekend.

Rouse dominated the two-day event, taking convincing wins in all three races and running consistently strong lap times considering the time of year.

Now he faces a busy opening round, with the Black Horse Donington Double Header – comprising two back-to-back 15 lap races – on Sunday afternoon followed by a 16-lap race on Easter Monday.

Rouse is impressed with his new BMW following pre-season tests…

“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s been a long winter and it’s great to be back,” he said. “Our testing went really well and I’m feeling really comfortable on the bike.

“Ian Moffitt has put together a brilliant team and package, and now I’m excited about getting stuck in and doing the best job I can.

“There are lots of points up for grabs this weekend, with the back-to-back races on Sunday and the normal length one on Monday, so I’m after two solid results and get as good a start as I can in my championship chase.”

Rouse’s weekend roars into action on Saturday with two free practice sessions, ahead of qualifying and the first back-to-back race on Easter Sunday and a standard length race on Easter Monday.

*Images: Bonnie Lane