CHRISSY Rouse says he is taking the positives away from an up and down weekend at Donington Park where he celebrated podium joy one day then was wiped out by another rider the next.
The Geordie racer was devastated to be taken out with just two corners of Sunday’s race to go, but says he is taking it all on the chin as he looks ahead to the rest of the season.
Rouse’s season hasn’t had the best of starts, with bad luck seemingly following him and the Morello Racing Kawasaki team around.
But it was all change as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship hit Donington Park for round three, with two races offering a great chance for the trainee maths teacher to bag a good haul of points.
After quickly rising to the top of the practice timesheets, Rouse qualified fifth on the grid for Saturday’s double-header and got a flying start, launching himself up to third.
Despite dropping down to fourth for a spell, he soon found his way back up and crossed the line third at the end of the first race. As the second stint kicked-off after a 10-minute break, Rouse charged up to second before hitting the front on the third lap.
After running up front for a while, he was eventually passed by series leader Richard Cooper but was able to hold onto second place until the flag.
However, the joy of his first podium of the year was spoilt a little on Sunday when he was clattered from behind on the final lap when on course for another strong points finish.
After being hit, Rouse crashed out and was left clutching his arm and collarbone as he limped off track.
“Thankfully nothing was broken but I was and still am a little bit sore,” he said. “It’s a big shame because the weekend started so well. I knew we’d have a decent chance at Donington because we had made so much progress with the Kawasaki at a test before we went, and this was evident by our performance on Saturday.
“Finishing the long race in second position was brilliant. It was the boost we all needed after such a tough start to the season. The bike felt great and everything worked perfectly, I loved every moment of the race.
“It was really disappointing to be taken out of second with just two corners to go. I was upset at the time but you’ve just got to get on with it. It’s done now but I’m taking away the positives.
“We were consistently running up front all weekend and it shows the hard work the team has put in to getting the bike to where it is. Now we know we can be competitive and run up front, I’m just looking forward to the next round. I’ve a few weeks to get fit and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in at Brands Hatch.”