Defending Champion John Reynolds turned on the old speed and style to grab his first Superpole start of the season for Sunday's double race seventh round of the Motor Cycle News British Superbike Championship at Rockingham.

The Nottingham rider, who has had mixed fortunes this season, since joining the Rizla Suzuki team smashed six tenths of a second off the Northamptonshire circuit record as he powered to a brilliant 1m 09.988s lap in the Superpole grid decider.

Reynolds, who enjoyed his seasonal first victory last Sunday at Brands Hatch, is delighted with the progress being made: "These races are important to us - we know that the bike is a winner and it has been developed steadily. There is no reason why we cannot fight for more victories starting here."

The Suzuki rider was a tenth of second faster than the title chasing Sean Emmett who powered his IFC Ducati to a 1m 10.088s lap to stay just ahead of series leader, MonsterMob Ducati's Steve Hislop, who had to settle for third best with a time of 1m 10.192s.

Hislop, has not taken a victory in the series since early May and has seen his advantage cut to just 16 points by the hard charging Emmett. Emmett is keen for an action replay of his success at the circuit of last year, while the Flying Scot has to shrug aside memories of the horror crash in the penultimate round that ended his title hopes.

Michael Rutter, riding the Renegade Ducati, completes the front row of the grid.



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