Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds will start tomorrow's two 30-lap British Superbike races from the third row of the grid after rain here at Knockhill halted this afternoon's second timed qualifying.

Team-mate David Jefferies, standing in for Rizla Suzuki's injured Karl Harris, will start from an uncustomary sixth row.

With long delays calling for the qualifying timetable to be revised, the scheduled Superpole was cancelled and grid positions at the 1.3-mile Scottish circuit determined by two 40-minute timed qualifying sessions.

Reynolds, the defending British Superbike champion, held a provisional front row position of fourth after this morning's qualifying and was on target to better that position. His plan, to make an early pit stop, change qualifying rear tyre and set a fast lap, was foiled when a downpour of rain in the first five minutes of the second session brought proceedings to a standstill.

"Naturally I'm disappointed to be landed with the disadvantage of a third row starting position as it means that I've got a great deal of work to do in the race," said Reynolds. "It is difficult to overtake at this circuit but we've got a job to do and as always we'll be focused on a win."

An oil slick on the track in this morning's qualifying caused problems for TT hero and British Superstock championship leader Jefferies. He fell twice on the same hairpin and finished the session in 19th place. With the inclement weather conditions reducing the afternoon qualifying period, the Suzuki rider was unable to better his time.

"It's not good but I've got nothing to lose. It'll just be a case of pure brute force," noted Jefferies. "Elbows out and muscle through."

Team manager Paul Denning concluded: "Even though the riders are faced with a challenge for tomorrow's races they've got good wet weather settings and the Suzuki is capable of winning here. This is a big weekend for Suzuki with Kevin Schwantz and Niall Mackenzie making appearances as well as the first Knockhill outing for the Suzuki Village. I'm sure that this support will prove to be a benefit to both John and David."

Superbike racing starts at 1.30pm on Sunday July 7th.

Combined qualifying positions:

1. Michael Rutter (Ducati) 56.344, 2. Shane Byrne (Ducati) +0.032, 3. Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +0.236, 4. Paul Brown (Ducati) +0.560, 5. Steve Hislop (Ducati) +0.841, 6. Steve Plater (Yamaha) +0.915, 7. Gary Mason (Honda) +0.954, 8. Sean Emmett (Ducati) +1.069, 9. Mark Burr (Kawasaki) +1.451, 10. John Reynolds (Rizla Suzuki) +1.492, 24. David Jefferies (Rizla Suzuki) +7.778

 

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