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Rookie Rouse rewards Halsall Racing Suzuki with top ten finish

The Halsall Racing Suzuki team celebrated its first top 10 finish of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with rookie Chrissy Rouse in the opening race at Thruxton.

In just his third ever Bennetts BSB race weekend, Geordie Rouse started the first race from 15th position on the grid, before moving up a spot in the opening lap and then he was up to 10th place by the end of lap three.

He remained within the top 10 for the rest of the race, moving as high as eighth as he enjoyed a tussle with two of the series’ other young riders, taking his first ever Superbike top 10 at the chequered flag.

The Geordie’s hopes of bettering his result in the afternoon’s second race were dashed after a first lap crash at Cobb, but uninjured he is now looking ahead to the next round of the season at Cadwell Park.

Rouse said: “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. 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.”


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