John Reynolds believes he can retain his British Superbike title in 2002, following a successful first test with the new Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The former Reve Red Bull rider was expected to find it hard transferring from Ducati to Suzuki, but was immediately impressed by both the power and delivery of the Japanese bike as he tested it for the first time in Spain.

"The bike fits me very well and I am comfortable on it," Reynolds revealed after topping the times in testing at Almeira, "You only have to look at the lap times to tell how competitive we are already.

"I am having to adjust my riding style after spending so much time on a twin [cylinder Ducati], but, by the end of the test, was able to put in fast and consistent lap times. And, believe me, there's a lot more to come!"

Reynolds stunned the BSB paddock by switching from the Reve team to Paul Denning's Crescent outfit for 2002, but is already proving that the move may be to his advantage.

The Nottingham rider clinched the 2001 British title after a nail-biting battle with Ducati rival Steve Hislop ending with the Scot crashing heavily at Rockingham. While Hislop hopes to be back in 2002, Reynolds is already marking himself out as a pre-season favourite.

Meanwhile, his former team is hoping to graduate to the WSBK, possibly with a brace of Aprilias for Reynolds' erstwhile team-mate Sean Emmett and another, unnamed, rider.

 

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