Tribute to biker Chrissy Rouse

Tributes continue to pour in for a North East Superbike rider and math teacher who died on Thursday afternoon.

Chrissy Rouse, a British superbike rider, suffered fatal injuries after crashing during a race at Donington Park over the weekend and died in hospital yesterday.

Mr Rouse of Newcastle suffered a serious head injury after he was unavoidably hit by another rider on the first lap of Sunday’s race.

His family, students and the superbike community at large were devastated by his death.

Read more: Motorcycle racer Chrissy Rouse dies after crash in Donnington

Grace College, a school where Mr Rouse taught, took to Twitter to express his grief, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of former teacher and friend Mr Chrissy Rouse.

“He exemplified the College’s spirit of grace. He was a person of excellence who lived with humility and demonstrated remarkable love for others.”

Kathryn Collins, a close personal friend of Mr Rouse, wrote him a moving message: “I have always been impressed by your talent in so many areas; math whiz, high school teacher, skydiver, podcast expert and above all champion motorcycle racing.”

Mr Rouse’s team, BMW Motorrad Motorsport, expressed their “devastation” at the news of their driver’s death, writing: “We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and team.”

Others said his death was “totally unfair” and that “the sport we love can be incredibly cruel”.

Already many are calling for motorcycle racing events to be held in his memory, as he was incredibly passionate about the sport.

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