BSB: Chrissy Rouse has died

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Bennetts British Superbike Championship rider Chrissy Rouse has died aged 26 after succumbing to injuries sustained at Donington Park on Sunday October 2.

Rouse crashed on the exit of Goddards on the opening lap of Race Three and was struck by another rider. Rouse was treated trackside by the BSB Medical Team and transferred to the circuit medical centre, where he was stabilised and placed into a medically induced coma.

Rouse, who had sustained a significant head injury, was transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital in Nottingham for further assessment and treatment, and underwent an emergency neurosurgical procedure shortly after admission.

Sadly, a statement published by BSB organisers MSVR this evening revealed that Rouse passed away on Thursday October 6.

“It is with great regret that we have to announce that Chrissy Rouse aged 26, from Newcastle upon Tyne, has succumbed to his injuries, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in hospital earlier this afternoon,” the statement reads.

“On behalf of Chrissy’s family, they wish to convey their deep appreciation for the support and well wishes that they have received in recent days. As well they wish to thank all the attending marshals and medical services who provided such skill and care attending to Chrissy. The family also ask for privacy at this difficult time as they attempt to deal with their devastating loss.”

MSVR also confirmed that an investigation is now underway regarding the circumstances of the fatal accident. The statement continues:

“MSVR is now working with the Coroner, Police and the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board in order to investigate the full circumstances of this tragic accident.

“Our deepest condolences are extended to Chrissy’s family, friends and team members.”

Chrissy Rouse celebrates clinching the Superstock 1000 crown in 2020

Rouse switched from motocross to circuit racing in 2008, competing in the Fab Racing Series, before moving into the Aprilia Superteens Championship in 2009. He secured the Superteens title in only his second season at the age of 14.

The Triumph Triple Challenge and British 125GP Championship followed for Rouse, who clinched the Triumph crown in 2013 after winning 10 races.

The Newcastle racer made his way through the Superstock classes and secured the National Superstock 1000 title in 2020 with Crowe Performance. Rouse won two races and secured a total of seven podiums during the 10-race season, beating Tom Neave to the crown by 26 points.

After a season apart, Rouse and Crowe Performance came together once again this year, this time moving into the Superbike class with a BMW M1000 RR. Rouse’s best result was 10th around the National Circuit at Donington in May, whilst he also finished 12th at that same round and also at Knockhill.

Alongside his racing, Rouse presented the popular Chasin’ the Racin’ Podcast alongside road racer Dominic Herbertson.

Our thoughts are with Chrissy’s family and friends at this difficult time.