SCOTSMAN Lewis Rollo clinched victory in today’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 battle as he sealed the win by almost five seconds.
The IN Competition Aprilia rider was involved in an early battle with Crowe Performance’s Chrissy Rouse before problems for the BMW man allowed Rollo to escape and bag 25 points.
Rouse took full advantage of his pole position start as he hit Old Hall in the lead with fellow front-row starters Rollo and Danny Kent right with him.
But Kent was quickly knocked back out of podium contention as his Morello Racing team-mate Fraser Rogers and CFS/No Bull Racing’s Brayden Elliott moved ahead of the former world champ into the top four.
But at the front, it was quickly becoming a two-horse race as Rouse and Rollo stretched a lead of almost three seconds ahead of the chasing pack with just three laps in the bag.
It was disaster for Rouse moments later, however, as an issue at Island Bend forced him to run wide, dropping the Geordie back to third just behind Rogers as Rollo pulled another half second into the distance.
Rouse recovered, however, and moved back ahead of Rogers as he began to hunt down the leading Scotsman with eight laps remaining.
The chase was on as the race hit half distance, however as the maths teacher pulled back half a second a lap on the Aprilia rider and with five laps remaining, he had just 1.7sec to make up.
But the fight for victory was all over for Rouse on lap 10 as he dropped three seconds back with a bike issue, allowing Rogers to pass him for the runner-up spot.
Rouse recovered again and passed Rogers before Elliott got the better of the Morello man for third, but with Rollo almost five seconds up the road with a comfortable win, Rouse secured second.
Meanwhile, Elliott’s last-corner move on Rogers gifted the Australian his maiden podium finish while Buildbase Suzuki’s Tim Neave secured fifth.
With Honda Racing’s Tom Neave down in 10th, Rouse’s 20-point finish gives him the championship lead heading into race two tomorrow.