Bike problem fails to halt Chrissy’s progress

CHRISSY Rouse picked up a 14th place finish and his first points at round two of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

The Morpeth-based SGR Racing team had a tough time in qualifying when Rouse had a big crash in the first session.

Up until that point he was running in 12th place, which was a good showing this early in the season. The team worked hard to get the bike ready for second qualifying and Rouse achieved a 15th place grid position.

When the lights went out Rouse got a decent start and put his head down to try to pull in a top-10 finish.

He made a good job of progressing through the pack and up to 10th place when an issue with the back end of the bike saw him drop off the pace. The team will fully investigate the cause of the problem.

Despite the issue, Rouse rode sensibly to bring his Imperium Law by SGR Racing machine home in the points for the first time this season.

He said: “I’m pleased with points but I feel I could have done better. I had a problem with the back of the bike so it was a case of bringing it home.

“It has been a tough weekend all round so it has ended well. I’m looking forward to getting to Croft circuit (the next round in the championship) to see if I can crack the top ten.”

Team Manager Stephen Kinghorn said: “I think considering the weekend we’ve had, scoring points has been a real boost.

“Chrissy rode well despite having a problem and he was mature enough to bring it home and in the points too. I think we will go away and assess the bike and get back on an even keel for our home round of Croft.”