Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds and Karl Harris both count Brands Hatch as their favourite circuit and will be looking for victory when the second round of the British Superbike Championship visits the Kent track this weekend.

Reigning British Superbike Champion Reynolds, famous for winning a round of the World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in 2000, is sure he can challenge for the top of the podium on his new for 2002 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000.

He said: "Without a doubt, Brands Hatch is my favourite circuit. I have some very fond memories of racing there and took a win in WSB at the track in its GP format. This weekend we are racing on the Indy circuit, which I really enjoy.

"We tested at Brands on the GSX-R1000 earlier in the year and we were very quick. We'll be starting with a fast set-up and should be able to improve on that during the practice and qualifying sessions. We are learning about the GSX-R1000 with every lap we do and we are getting faster and faster all the time. We will be on the pace and I've no doubt we'll be running for the victories in both races."

Reynolds' Rizla Suzuki team mate Karl Harris also ranks Brands Hatch as his favourite circuit and he is eager to prove himself by getting onto the podium this weekend.

Reigning British Supersport Champion Harris said: "I love Brands Hatch, it's a proper racer's circuit. The Indy track needs a lot of commitment to ride quickly, so it suits me well. I left Silverstone with a sixth place under my belt and as far as I am concerned, it will just get better and better. The GSX-R1000 is running really well for me and the set-up is just how I like it, so let's see what damage I can do to the leader board this weekend."

Rizla Suzuki Scholarship rider Nick Medd is learning the ropes of Superbike racing and is keen to get racing at Brands. He noted: "Brands Hatch is one of the few places we've tested, and I've got a pointer on bike set-up for the track. I'm hoping to get into the top 15 this weekend and score some points."

Team manager Paul Denning concluded: "Round one at Silverstone was a steep learning curve for all of us. But we worked hard, learnt a lot about the GSX-R1000 and are now much stronger because of it. Both John and Karl like Brands Hatch and it should suit our bike well, with some very fast sections. We are still developing the Suzuki and have only scratched its potential so far. It is only a matter of time before we win, and there's a good chance it could be this weekend. "

The first Superbike race starts at 1.35pm on Sunday, April 14th.



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