Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds will start from the front row of the grid in Bank Holiday Monday's fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.

The reigning British Superbike Champion will start from fourth place in both of tomorrow's races that are expected to draw record crowds to the Norfolk track as the public enjoys an extended Jubilee holiday break celebrating the Queen's 50th year on the throne.

Reynolds was quickest around the 1.952mile superfast track in free practice, clocking a time of 1m 06.250s while searching for a good race set-up. But in the Superpole one-lap shoot-out, he had to settle for 1m 06.667s and a safe fourth position.

Reynolds said: "It's nice to be on the front row of the grid. I went faster in free practice while finding a race pace and that bodes very well for tomorrow. I struggled a bit in Superpole but I am happy to be starting at the front. I'm looking forward to the races and getting back to my winning ways."

Reynolds team mate this weekend is Giovanni Bussei, 29, from Torino in Italy, an ex-World Superbike regular. He is replacing the injured British Supersport Champion Karl Harris, who is recovering from a broken wrist sustained at the previous round of the Championship at Oulton Park. While Harris is expected back for the Knockhill round on July 7th, Bussei will be standing in and has already shown his worth, securing a second row start in eighth place for tomorrow's races.

Bussei noted: "I am a little bit rusty as I have only done one 200-mile endurance race so far this year. But I am enjoying the riding and getting to grips with the GSX-R1000. As I get more used to the bike and riding, the results will get better. I hope to beat my qualifying position in tomorrow's races, I think I will be faster on race tyres."

Team manager Paul Denning concluded: "I am pleased with both riders today. Giovanni has fitted in with the team really well. He is relaxed, eager to learn about the bike and is a team player. To get on the second row of the grid on your first time on the bike and your first time at the track is sensational. He'll be looking to improve in tomorrow's races.

"John is a bit gutted after going so fast in free practice to only be fourth in Superpole. He would've easily been on pole if he had replicated his earlier time, but at least he knows he has a good set-up for the race. It's great to see his confidence returning and he is riding better than ever before on the GSX-R1000. I've no doubt he'll be challenging for the podium tomorrow."

Suzuki Racing round-up:

- Suzuki's filled the first 15-places in qualifying for tomorrow's Superstock race. The GSX-R1000 is continuing its domination of this production based series.

National Superstock Qualifying: 1: John Crockford (Suzuki) 1:08.360, 2: Chris Burns (Suzuki) +.028, 3: Kieran Murphy (Suzuki) +.530, 4: Ross McCulloch (Suzuki) +.643.

- Craig McLelland will start from fourth place in the National Superport race tomorrow on a Suzuki GSX-R600.

National Supersport Qualifying: 1: Stuart Easton (Ducati) 1:09.995, 2: Michael Laverty (Honda) +.730, 3: Scott Smart (Honda) +.754, 4: Craig McLelland (Suzuki) +.846.

- Suzuki's will carpet the front row of the grid in tomorrow's National Junior Superstock Championship. Craig Jones took pole position from Thomas Sykes, Cal Crutchlow and Benjie Cockerill, all on GSX-R600 machinery.

Junior Superstock Qualifying: 1: Craig Jones (Suzuki) 1:12.035, 2: Thomas Sykes (Suzuki) +.160, 3: Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +.388, 4: Benjie Cockerill (Suzuki) +.564.

 

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