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NGK-sponsored Chrissy Rouse signs for new team for 2021 season

NGK-sponsored motorcycle ace Chrissy Rouse will defend his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship title in 2021, signing with the GR Motosport team to race on the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Rouse sealed this year’s title crown with two victories and a further five podiums to secure the championship victory at the Brands Hatch season finale, and now he is determined to retain the number one plate in 2021.

Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has been a long-time supporter of the teacher from Burnopfield near Newcastle who said: “I am really excited about the challenge ahead. I was hoping to step up to the Superbike class in 2021, but as that was not an option this year, what better than to challenge for the title again and try to retain the number one plate on the brand new ZX-10RR.

“I am really pleased to be joining GR Motorsport and also very grateful for the opportunity, I’m really looking forward to getting out on the bike testing in the new year ready for round one at Oulton Park. The Superstock class looks set for probably the most competitive line up to date with most of the front-running lads staying and with the addition of a few others - I’m going to really have to be on my A-game to retain the title!”

Team owner Brent Gladwin said: “What a Christmas treat for everyone in signing Chrissy to defend his Superstock 1000 title on the all-new Stauff Fluid Power Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Chrissy did a great job in 2020, and we aim to continue that success next year and then have him join Storm on the Superbike in 2022.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “I am sure that all NGK customers who are motorcycle racing fans cannot wait to see Chrissy ride for his new team in 2021 when he will be fighting hard to defend the championship that he won in such impressive style this year.”


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four Technical Centres.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology, and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has ten group companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.





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