BSB: Debut top ten for rookie Rouse

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Bennetts British Superbike rookie Chrissy Rouse took his maiden top ten finish at Thruxton this weekend.

The youngster finished tenth in Sunday’s opening race in just his third round with the Movuno Halsall Suzuki squad, under the guidance of legendary team boss Colin Wright.

Rouse was quick throughout the weekend, making it through to Q2 on Saturday before an impressive run in the race culminated in his top ten finish.

Looking to improve on the career-best result in race two, Rouse crashed in the early stages after hitting the back of another rider.

“I was disappointed with the crash but at the same time I’m feeling really positive after getting that top 10 in the first race,” he said. “It was a fantastic race one, the bike just felt amazing and once I got up into the top 10 I was really enjoying it.

“In the second race, I knew I needed to try and get up into the top 10 as early as possible before the frontrunners broke away, and after a bit of a bad start I was trying to make up the ground when something happened. The riders in front were all queuing up and seemed to sit up and I had nowhere to go.

“I was a bit gutted because I really felt like I could’ve bettered the 10th place in that race but I can’t be too down. Getting my first British Superbike top 10 is brilliant and I feel in a great position now to keep moving forward as the season moves on.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing