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NGK’s Rouse joins Morello Racing Kawasaki

NGK-sponsored Chrissy Rouse will line up for Morello Racing Kawasaki in the 2019 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

The 23-year-old will ride the new Kawasaki ZX-10RR on his return to the championship and is relishing the challenge.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the new season. The team was the only one I spoke to about the 2019 season. It is a brand-new bike and I can’t wait to start testing in early March.

NGK-sponsored Chrissy Rouse (left) with Morello Racing Kawasaki teammate Tim Neave

“Kawasaki dominates superbikes so it is a fantastic opportunity to be riding the new ZX-10RR this year in the championship which should be really exciting as many of the riders who will be taking part deserve on ability to be riding in the Superbike championship. There should be a lot of competitive races between the top six and I’m aiming to be competing at the front.

Chrissy finished fourth overall in the 2017 Superstock 1000 championship after taking five podiums during the course of the season and he was running in fourth place again last year before switching to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship mid-way through the season.

Norwich-based Morello Racing Kawasaki is aiming to regain the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship it previously won in 2015 and 2017.

Team Principal Steve Buckenham said: “Chrissy’s class credentials speak for themselves and we firmly believe that we can give him the bike and team environment that will allow him to challenge for the title from round one, something we’re very excited about.”

Ignition specialist NGK has been a long-standing supporter of Chrissy, who hails from Burnopfield near Newcastle and is currently doing teacher training at his old school, Emmanuel College, Gateshead after gaining his mathematics degree at Newcastle University. He has also started hosting a new podcast called Chasin the Racin.

He said: “It’s great that NGK is supporting me again this season. I have a great relationship with the company and staff and I recently visited their stand at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC where I met lots of bike fans.”

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting Chrissy on his return to the Superstock 1000 series. It promises to be an exciting season and I’m sure his exploits will be followed closely by the many NGK customers who are devoted motorcycle racing fans.”

Chrissy’s campaign gets underway at Silverstone on April 19-21.

NGK has long been synonymous with the two-wheel bike scene both on the road and in the motorcycling racing arena where its spark plugs have helped the world’s leading teams and riders to countless victories.

It is one of the world’s best original equipment (OE) fitment and its Iridium IX spark plugs are popular with motorcyclists for their ability to provide enhanced ignition efficiency, better acceleration, faster starting and smoother running, longer life and impressive fuel economy.