Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds was fourth fastest in today's free practice session for the tenth round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park on his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The Nottingham rider completed only four laps in the first hour of free practice, as wet conditions prevailed, but then, in the second hour-long session which was held on a drying track, he was fourth and only three-tenths of a second away from the fastest time that was set by Ducati's Michael Rutter.
"People are asking me about the championship, and whether I can do anything about 'Shakey' taking the title this weekend," Reynolds revealed, "The answer is simple - I am here to win both races and score as many points as possible. If I do that then I will be putting as much pressure on 'Shakey' as possible and that's the best I can do.
"The wet conditions this morning weren't ideal, and there wasn't much point in wobbling around the track, so I stayed in the pits and rested. The second session was good as the circuit dried out and we were able to go pretty quickly. Today was about tyre testing, and we can run at this pace all day long, which means we should be competitive in the race. Saying that, we think we have a way forward to improve our lap times and we will be trying that tomorrow."
Rizla Suzuki team-mate Yukio Kagayama avoided the wet conditions for first practice and only took to the track in the second session. 'Yuki' is learning the circuit from new and took his time to master the difficult sections like the Gooseneck, Mountain and Barn, and still came home in an impressive eleventh place at his first attempt.
"I have had one two-hour test and now one-hour of free practice at Cadwell Park and I am still learning the circuit," the Japanese rider said, "Today has been maximum difficulty for me. The rain meant running on track was no good, so we lost half of our practice time.
"The second session was dry and I was able to build up my speed. But this is a scary place to ride a superbike. There are many corners and the Mountain is more like a motocross jump than anything I have ever ridden before. Still, eleventh place is not so bad and tomorrow we will be able to concentrate on bike settings and go faster now I know the circuit better."
Both riders, who have scored three wins a-piece out of the last seven races, will be working with their crews this evening to find optimum bike settings for tomorrow's grid qualification.