GEORDIE racer Chrissy Rouse banked another strong points haul as he crossed the line fifth at Snetterton.
The Morello Racing Kawasaki rider has returned home from the seventh round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship feeling upbeat about the remainder of the season after a good end to a tough weekend in Norfolk.
The newly-qualified maths teacher arrived at the track sitting eighth in the championship and keen to build on his recent run of solid finishes.
After ending Friday’s free practice 10th quickest, he eventually qualified ninth on the grid for Sunday’s race.
At the green light, he got a clean and quick getaway, launching himself up into fourth at the first corner, before dropping back to seventh.
Determined to claw back more places, he kept his head down and made passes on Lewis Rollo and Andy Reid in the laps that followed, eventually arriving in fifth on lap seven and holding the position all the way to the chequered flag.
“I got a rocket start from ninth and was up to fourth into the first corner and then I got passed by Taylor Mackenzie who kind of ran me wide and knocked me out of my rhythm a little and then Andy Reid came past too,” he said.
“I could see the group ahead with Billy McConnell and Lewis Rollo were gapping me a bit so I took a lap to compose myself and then I got back in the groove and started making progress.
“My lap times came down and I managed to get up to fifth. I could see Billy and Taylor were just in front so I could sort of smell the podium but I just made one slight mistake which cost me quite a bit of time.
“With only about a lap and a half to go I knew I didn’t have the legs to catch back up so I sort of settled for fifth. Obviously a podium would’ve been an amazing result but I didn’t quite have what it took on the day.”
Rouse is now excited about getting back out at Thruxton in a couple of weeks and believes the best way to improve his overall results will be getting a better qualifying position.
“It has been a difficult weekend but coming away with a solid finish and some decent points, I’m really looking forward to the next one. The last two rounds have followed a sort of similar pattern, we’ve been slow in practice and qualifying and then when the race comes it’s like let the dog see the rabbit.
“I know I’ve got the pace so I need to be starting the weekends faster and be in the top six going into the race and have a chance to go for the podium. I’m not jumping for joy with fifth but I’m happy. It’s a good solid result.”
Rouse has now moved up to seventh in the championship with five rounds remaining.
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