CHRISSY Rouse will return to Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship action in 2019 after joining the Morello Racing Kawasaki squad.

The Burnopfield racer has inked a deal with the leading team and will line up alongside Lincolnshire’s Tim Neave next season on a new Kawasaki ZX-10R machine.

It heralds a return to the class for Rouse, who had been running fourth in this year’s series before switching to British Superbikes with the Halsall Racing outfit.

The 23-year-old scored a career best result of 10th at Thruxton in August, but an injury at Cadwell Park ended the season prematurely.

Now, with a deal in place with Morello team boss Steve Buckenham, Rouse is eyeing the 2019 title to add to those the team has won previously in 2015 and 2017.

“I’m really excited to be returning to the Pirelli National Superstock championship next year with a team as strong as Morello Racing,” he said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I fully believe I can run at the front each week.

“After moving into Superbikes this year for a few rounds, I feel now that I can come back and be a title challenger from the first round. I want to be challenging for wins every round with the aim of taking the title.

“Steve and the team have a proven track record and I know this will be the best chance I’ve had to win this title. They are giving me a very strong package and Steve is very keen to win the championship again and I plan to be the one to do it.

“I can’t wait for the new season to start, and it’s fantastic to have a deal sealed and signed at this stage. Now I can get on with concentrating on  my training and getting myself in peak fitness ahead of next season.”

Steve Buckenham added:  “Chrissy’s class credentials speak for themselves and we firmly believe that we can give him the bike and team environment that will allow him to challenge for the title from round one, something we’re very excited about.

“After winning two Championships in 2015 and 2017, it’s fair to say this season didn’t got to plan so we were determined to come out fighting and in Chrissy and Tim, we feel that we’ve got a really strong team that can fight for honours in 2019.”