John Reynolds has pointed no further than new Crescent Suzuki team-mate Karl Harris as he outlined the threats to his crown in 2002.

The new British Superbike champion, appearing alongside Harris at the Autosport International exhibition in England, introduced the Yorkshireman as one to watch in coming years.

"Karl's a future world champion, no doubt about it," he said of the reigning British Supersport title holder, "The guy's just so talented on a bike. He doesn't just ride in a straight line - the front wheel's in the air, or the back end's in the air...."

Harris, who graduates to the BSB after a successful season in the 600cc feeder series, admits that, while he has achieved one of his career ambitions, the world scene still holds the ultimate goal.

"This is where I want to be, in superbikes," he said, "It will be good to have someone like JR alongside me, and we'll just see how it goes.

"The only difference between the Supersport bike and the superbike is when you put the power down. [In testing at Almeria] we took the settings off the 600cc bike and put them on the superbike and the bike was already very good.

"I want to finish in the top three at the end of the year - that's my main aim. I want to be challenging for victories too, but I'll just go out there and try my hardest and see what happens.

"For sure, though, I see it as a stepping stone to the world series - and so does [Crescent team boss] Paul [Denning]. He wants to go to world superbike and so hopefully that's where we'll be in two or three years."

 

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