FRASER Rogers took his very first Pirelli National Superstock win this afternoon as he beat Billy McConnell to victory in race two.
The IN Competition Aprilia rider timed a pass to perfection as he stole the lead from the Aussie with just two laps to go before charging to his maiden win in the class, as points leader Taylor Mackenzie crashed out.
But it was GR Motosport’s Rouse who launched off the front row as the lights went out to lead Rollo and pole-setter Mackenzie, as Billy McConnell, Fraser Rogers and Alex Olsen tucked in behind, just ahead of the Neaves.
By the end of lap two, Rollo shoved his RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki up the inside of Rouse, forcing the Geordie wide as the Scotsman took the lead.
Mackenzie looked to be making the same move on Rouse a couple laps later, but Rollo’s moment just in front of the duo allowed Rouse straight back into the lead while Rollo dropped to fourth. The race one winner finally made his move stick at the end of lap six as he took the top spot from Rouse.
With 11 laps in the bag and despite looking strong for another shot at victory, Mackenzie lost the front of his Bathams BMW at Scotsman, ending his hopes of a double and handing Rouse the lead from a breakaway quartet including Rollo, McConnell and Rogers.
As Rouse continued to lead, Rollo fell victim to a McConnell pass before Rogers and Tim Neave found their way through on him, but by then the Aussie had stretched away slightly from Buildbase man Neave in a battle for the lead.
McConnell stuck it up the inside of Rouse at the hairpin before Rouse came under threat from Neave, but soon it was back to a five-rider train with Luke Hedger threatening to make it six.
With less than three laps to go, Rogers took advantage of Rouse’s wide run at the hairpin to slot into second as the Aprilia rider went straight after McConnell, taking the lead at the same spot heading onto the penultimate lap.
With McConnell unable to strike back in time, Rogers picked up the win 0.577sec clear of the Rich Energy BMW as Rouse crossed the line third just a few tenths further back.
Tim Neave hit the deck at the hairpin within sight of the chequered flag, leaving Rollo and Honda Racing’s Tom Neave to round out the top five.