First and foremost - Congratulations Mr Rouse!
As many readers will know, Chrissy Rouse has been conducting his race career alongside studying to become a qualified teacher of Mathematics, which he graduated from only days before kitting up, prepping his bike, and putting down a solid performance at Snetterton!
So congratulations Mr Rouse from everyone here at MSG!
In good form though, Chrissy was already looking forward to Snetteron... before heading down to the track, he had a few things to say!
“I really like Snetterton, I’ve had some great results there over the years and I think the track should really suit the Kawasaki,” he said. “I was fifth last time out after a tough weekend so I’m hoping we can improve on that.”
“I got my first ever win at Snetterton back in 2009 which to this day is still the best moment of my life. That was on the old track before the infield section but I love the 300 layout and looking forward to racing on it this weekend.
"We’ve reached the halfway point of the season now and I’m currently eighth in the championship, which isn’t really where I wanted to be. I want to try and push for another strong points finish this weekend and hopefully claw back some more points."
“Over the last three races I’ve scored 40 points which have helped me climb the championship ladder. I want a good finish this weekend so I can hopefully climb a little higher up the order.
On to the race...
As the race began as Chrissy himself stated, he's sitting in 8th position in the championship and is definitely hungry for more points and a higher ranking! After running through free practice in 10th position, Rouse quickly moved on to qualify a grid 9th start for the main race.
At the green light, #69 pushed himself off quickly and with a clean break he managed to jump straight to 4th position heading out of the first corner! After a short battle, Chrissy had dropped back to 7th position. However, knowing the determination of the man himself, this was not going to stick.
In the following laps, Chrissy pushed himself steadily back up the track until lap 7 where he retook 5th position after overtaking Lewis Rollo and Andy Reid, which he remained at a solid position until the chequered flag flew.
As ever, #69 couldn't leave without a post match summary!
Over to Chrissy!
“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."
“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.”
“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.”
*Images by Bonnie Lane