GEORDIE racer Chrissy Rouse has returned home from a strong ‘local’ round at Knockhill with another piece of silverware and a solid haul of points.
The Morello Racing Kawasaki rider took third in Saturday’s 24-lap race at the Scottish track and backed it up with a fourth place on Sunday, to bank his best weekend of the season to date.
After missing the previous round after damaging his bike in a qualifying crash, Rouse was raring to go as he hit the Tarmac at a track he’s always enjoyed racing at and is closest to his home in Burnopfield, Tyne and Wear.
Qualifying fourth on the grid, he had a moment of panic at the start when his Kawasaki was displaying what he thought read ‘medium power’ and had to head out unsure if he would have full gas.
Getting a clean getaway, he was soon battling for second position and swapping places with series leader, former BSB rider Richard Cooper before settling into third. Cooper set off after Taylor Mackenzie leaving Rouse to ride a lonely race in third place and he held the place without any serious threat all the way to the flag.
Back out again for a second race on Sunday, he found himself in fourth place as the pack entered turn one and stayed there for the first five laps before making a move past local rider Lewis Rollo for third.
Rollo came back through on lap 10 but both riders fell into the clutches of a flying Andy Reid, who passed Rouse three laps later and then moved up to third past Rollo. Rouse stuck behind the young Scot, eventually finding a way past on lap 19 and holding fourth to the finish.
“I’d have loved another podium in that second race, but to be fair, when Andy came by he was riding very well, so I was happy to settle for a solid fourth in that one,” he said. “All in all, it’s been a really good weekend for me.
“Despite my initial fears going into the first one when I saw the display reading what I thought was medium power, the bike worked really well. I couldn’t have asked for much more there and it was fantastic to get back on the podium.
“The bike was great all weekend and I really enjoyed it. It was good to get a nice, solid weekend under my belt after the tough start of the year and it was good to be back on the box.
“I’m really looking forward to supporting the World Superbike programme this weekend at Donington Park on the full international circuit and I’ll be aiming for another strong weekend.”
*Images: Bonnie Lane