REIGNING Pirelli National Superstock champion Chrissy Rouse is hoping to get his title defence back on track this weekend as the series heads north to Scotland.

The championship is crossing the border as it makes its return to Knockhill in Dunfermline – regarded as the Geordie maths teacher’s home race.

After a tough start to the series at Oulton Park two weeks ago when the 2020 champ crashed out at the final corner, he has now put it all behind him and with two races this weekend, it could be the perfect opportunity to turn it all around.

Unfortunately, due to Scotland’s Covid-19 restrictions, spectators are limited to just 1000 a day this weekend which means for the first time, Rouse will have to race without his army of supporters who traditionally travel by chartered coach from his home near Newcastle.

“I’m really looking forward to two races at Knockhill this weekend, it’s a great little track and technically my home race although due to the restrictions, I have not put a supporters bus on this year,” he said.

“Round one certainly didn’t go to plan, crashing out of the race, but it’s a very long season and I’m hoping to get some good solid points on the scoreboard this weekend.

“It’s always very tight at Knockhill, you usually get around 10 riders separated by a tenth or two, so I’m sure the racing will be very exciting.”

Rouse’s weekend will begin with free practice and qualifying this Saturday, July 10 followed by two races on Sunday.