Rouse calls off race af­ter hand in­juries take toll

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SU­PER­BIKE race ace Chrissy Rouse has been forced to with­draw from this week­end’s Ben­netts Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship ac­tion at Assen.

The Burnop­field rider at­tempted to re­turn to ac­tion at the Dutch track on Fri­day af­ter miss­ing the last two rounds with a bro­ken left wrist and right hand af­ter a crash at Cad­well Park back in Au­gust.

But de­spite spend­ing the last few weeks try­ing to build up strength in both hands, the 22-year-old strug­gled on Fri­day as he tried to get to grips with the Movuno.com Hal­sall Rac­ing Suzuki su­per­bike.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, team man­ager Colin Wright re­vealed he felt there was no op­tion but to with­draw Rouse from the race as he was still not fit enough.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate this will come as a big blow to our fans, but our pri­or­ity will al­ways be the health and wel­fare of Chrissy and all of the other rid­ers on track,” he said.

“It’s a dis­ap­point­ing sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one, but we be­lieve that Chrissy needs time to heal fully, and that it is not worth risk­ing fur­ther in­jury just for one week­end.”

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