UPDATE | BSB racer Rouse undergoes emergency surgery, remains in sedated state

BSB racer Chrissy Rouse is in an induced coma after suffering a 'significant head injury' in a crash at Donington Park, MSV confirms

Chrissy Rouse - Crowe Performance BMW

British Superbike Championship (BSB) racer Chrissy Rouse remains in a 'sedated state' after suffering ‘a significant head injury’ in an accident during the third race of the Donington Park penultimate round weekend.

He underwent a 'emergency neurosurgical procedure' on Sunday evening.

Rouse, who had been coming towards the end of his first full season in BSB with Crowe Performance, fell heavily at the final Goddards corner as the field was coming round to complete the opening lap of Race 3.

With marshals deploying a red flag immediately, medical teams tended to Rouse on the scene before stabilising him ready to be transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital in Nottingham for treatment.

While footage of the incident itself was not broadcast on the live feed, MSV has issued a statement confirming Rouse is being treated for a serious head injury.

“In Bennetts British Superbike Championship race three at Donington Park circuit earlier today (Sunday), Chrissy Rouse crashed heavily on the opening lap of the race, exiting Goddards Corner. The race was immediately stopped.

“Chrissy Rouse sustained a significant head injury. He was stabilised and put in a medically induced coma at the medical centre by the BSB medical team before being transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital, Nottingham for further investigations and treatment.

UPDATE as of 3/9/22: "He underwent an emergency neurosurgical procedure shortly after admission and remains fully sedated in a serious condition in the intensive care unit."

Making his BSB debut in 2018 with a handful of mid-season outings with Halsall Suzuki, Rouse sprung to prominence in 2020 with a surprise run to the National Superstock 1000 title with Crowe Performance, headed up by prominent road racer Phil Crowe.

Little more than a year later, 27-year old Rouse - who lives just outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne - would be joining forces with Crowe Performance once more to make the full step onto the BSB grid aboard a BMW M 1000 RR.

With only the 11th and final round of the 2022 BSB season at Brands Hatch remaining, Rouse sits 20th in the overall standings having cracked the points on six occasions in a competitive field. 

His best result is a tenth place finish in Race 3 at Donington Park on the ‘National’ layout.