Published Thursday, 6th October 2022
By Harry Smith
In an accident during Bennetts British Superbike Championship race three at Donington Park last Sunday (2nd), competitor Chrissy Rouse crashed during the opening lap, sustaining a significant head injury after being unavoidably struck by the following rider.
The race was stopped and Rouse was treated immediately trackside by the BSB Medical Team, before he was transferred to the circuit medical centre. There, he was stabilised and put into a medically induced coma before being transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital, Nottingham for further assessment and treatment. Shortly after admission, he underwent an emergency neurosurgical procedure.
Chrissy was from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and had formerly been both a student and maths teacher at Gateshead school, Emmanuel College.
At 18:30 today (6th October), the following was announced in an MSVR (MotorSport Vision Racing) statement:
"It is with great regret that we have to announce that Chrissy Rouse aged 26, from Newcastle upon Tyne, has succumbed to his injuries, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in hospital earlier this afternoon.
"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. The family also ask for privacy at this difficult time as they attempt to deal with their devastating loss.
"MSVR is now working with the Coroner, Police and the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board in order to investigate the full circumstances of this tragic accident."