A podium finish in race 1 and pushed out of race 2...
With the misfortune seeming to follow the Morello Racing Kawasaki team and Chrissy Rouse from the get-go, the race weekend at Donnington Park looked set to see a return to form for Chrissy!
Qualifying for a fifth place grid start, Chrissy launched off to a flying start and quickly made his position up to third! Although he did drop to fourth for a short while, Chrissy powered through and crossed the line in third place at the end of the first leg.
The second leg went equally as well for Chrissy, charging up to second place quickly and even taking the pole position for a time, before series leader Richard Cooper swung back into position - leaving Chrissy for an impressive second place finish for the first race event!
Would Sunday follow suit? Unfortunately not...
After a solid performance through the race day on Sunday, Chrissy was unfortunately clattered in to from behind which lead to him crashing out of the race on the final lap! With Chrissy limping off the track clutching his arm and his collarbone, our thoughts are on a speedy recovery for him!
As always, Chrissy was more than happy to spare a few words after the day was done!
Over to Chrissy!
“Thankfully nothing was broken but I was and still am a little bit sore. It’s a big shame because the weekend started so well. I knew we’d have a decent chance at Donnington 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.”