BSB: Chrissy Rouse to defend Superstock 1000 title with GR Motorsport
Chrissy Rouse will defend his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship crown next year after signing for GR Motorsport.
The 25-year-old overcame the challenge of Tom Neave and the all-new Honda Fireblade to clinch this year's title by 26 points. Rouse was consistent throughout the year, picking up six consecutive podiums, including two victories, from race two at Donington Park through to the end of the Oulton Park meeting.
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For 2021 Rouse switches to the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR after winning this year's title on the Crowe Performance BMW S1000 RR.
“I am really excited about the challenge ahead," Rouse said. "I was hoping to step up to the Superbike class in 2021, but as that was not an option this year, what better than to challenge for the title again and try to retain the number one plate on the brand new ZX-10RR.
“I am really pleased to be joining GR Motorsport and also very grateful for the opportunity, I’m really looking forward to getting out on the bike testing in the new year ready for round one at Oulton Park.
"The Superstock class looks set for probably the most competitive line up to date with most of the front-running lads staying and with the addition of a few others - I’m going to really have to be on my A-game to retain the title!”
Whilst Rouse is disappointed to have missed out on a spot in the Superbike class next year, GR Motorsport owner Brent Gladwin has hinted that the Newcastle-based racer may join Storm Stacey in the premier class in 2022.
“What a Christmas treat for everyone in signing Chrissy to defend his Superstock 1000 title on the all-new Stauff Fluid Power Kawasaki ZX-10RR," Gladwin added. "Chrissy did a great job in 2020, and we aim to continue that success next year and then have him join Storm on the Superbike in 2022.
"Christmas this year is going to be a strange one and difficult for many of us, so please remember to stay save and where at all safely possible help others. We really missed the fans at events this year, so let’s try very hard to get on top of this for the start of the 2021 season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for everyone here at GR Motorsport.”
The 2021 season is scheduled to get underway at Oulton Park on the first weekend in May after a series of tests on British circuits throughout April. Currently, 11 rounds appear on the 2021 calendar.