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Chrissy Rouse dies after crash in Superbike Championship race

Jake Massey

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Chrissy Rouse dies after crash in Superbike Championship race

British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse has died following a crash last weekend.

The 26-year-old, from Newcastle, was racing at Donington Park on Sunday (2 October) when he crashed on the first lap of the third race, sustaining a serious head injury.

He was placed in an induced coma at the circuit's medical centre before being transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital in Nottingham, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He remained in an induced coma but passed away yesterday (Thursday 6 October).

British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse has died. Credit: Instagram/@chrissyrouse
British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse has died. Credit: Instagram/@chrissyrouse

"It is with great regret that we have to announce that Chrissy Rouse has succumbed to his injuries and passed away peacefully," British Superbikes said.

"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."

Rouse had moved to Superbikes earlier this year, having won the National Superstock 1000 title in 2020. He was also a qualified maths teacher.

Tributes to Rouse have been pouring in on social media:

Superbikes competitor Peter Hickman wrote: "Gutted. It was a pleasure to know you and share a track with you champ. RIP @ChrissyRouse."

Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, said: "We are very deeply saddened by the death of former student, staff member and friend, Chrissy Rouse.

"Someone who exemplified the spirit of Emmanuel College. A person of excellence who lived with humility and demonstrated remarkable love for others."

Another added: "The worst news. Very sad to hear about Chrissy Rouse. A great sport but so cruel. Deepest condolences to his family and friends."

While a further tribute read: "Crushing to hear we've lost the loveable Chrissy Rouse.

"His warm smile and 100 percent commitment on and off the track will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences go out to all family and friends. R.I.P. Chrissy."

Featured Image Credit: @chrissyrouse/ Instagram/Ryan Donaldson/Alamy

Topics: Sport, UK News

Jake Massey
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