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Tribute to Chrissy Rouse

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK has paid tribute to its sponsored motorcycle star Chrissy Rouse who has died from injuries sustained in a race at the weekend.

During race three of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park on Sunday, October 2, Chrissy crashed heavily on the opening lap of the race and was unavoidably struck by a following rider, sustaining a significant head injury.

The race was stopped and he was treated immediately trackside by the BSB Medical Team before being transferred to the circuit medical centre where he was stabilised and put in a medically induced coma before being transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital, Nottingham for further assessment and treatment, undergoing an emergency neurosurgical procedure shortly after admission.

However, a statement from MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) said the 26-year-old Maths teacher from Newcastle upon Tyne succumbed to his injuries yesterday (Oct 6) afternoon passing away peacefully surrounded by his family in hospital.

NGK has been a long-time supporter of Chrissy who made his full debut in this season’s Bennetts British Superbike Championship when he returned to BMW power with Crowe Performance, which helped propel him to the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

A spokesman for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd said: “On behalf of NGK, its staff and all our customers who are motorcycle racing enthusiasts, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to Chrissy’s family.

“He was a remarkable and popular young man, both on the track where he was one of the most talented UK riders, and also off it where he always made time for his fans and where his personality and kindness shone through, RIP Chrissy.”

MSVR  said Chrissy’s family wished to convey their deep appreciation for the support and well wishes that they have received in recent days. They also wish to thank all the attending marshals and medical services who provided such skill and care attending to him. The family 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.


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Images attached

1 – Chrissy Rouse in action

2 – NGK-sponsored Chrissy Rouse celebrates winning the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 1000  title with Phil Crowe of Crowe Performance Racing. Photo: courtesy of Chrissy Rouse Racing

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 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


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 six regional 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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