Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds and Karl Harris highlighted the value of mid-season testing at Cadwell Park and subsequent machine developments by posting strong qualifying times prior to the Superpole session for today's British Superbike meeting.

Changeable weather conditions at the Lincolnshire circuit on qualifying day proved to be troublesome, with Reynolds narrowly missing a front row start for both the two Bank Holiday races.

In dry but cloudy conditions, Reynolds put his GSX R1000 on the provisional front row in third position, posting a time of 1min 26.004secs in the process. Pleased with the time, he reported himself and the GSXR "fit and ready to go", before patchy, damp conditions for the second 40-minute session meant the field was unable to improve its earlier times.

Harris, still suffering pain and a lack of wrist movement as a result of a racing crash earlier in the season, made great efforts to match his team-mate and, whilst the physical demands of the Cadwell circuit further exacerbated his healing injury, he posted the eighth best time - just half a second off Reynolds' best.

Although the second of the day's qualifying sessions was threatened by rain, making a good wet set-up became a priority, sunny, dry conditions greeted the 16 Superpole qualifiers.

Harris was unable to improve on his general practice best of 1min 26.4secs on his one-lap flyer and was disappointed to have to settle for a time of 1min 27.094secs, placing him eleventh and on the third row of the grid.

"I want to be positive, but my Superpole lap was a nightmare," admitted a more subdued Harris, "I lost a lot of feeling for the front of the bike for some reason and couldn't push any harder. The team have a good idea on how to help me out for raceday, so I'll be giving it my all on the GSX-R tomorrow."

Reynolds, normally a Superpole specialist, made one or two small errors on his way to a time of 1min 26.079secs and only fifth place. Despite dropping two places, however, the reigning champion was a mere 0.01secs off the front row and determined to put things right come race day.

"I can't pretend to be happy with that," Reynolds sighed, "I missed a gear on the way into the vital mountain section and that definitely cost me time. Having said that, at this particular circuit, fifth isn't the worst place in to start from. We have dramatically improved the bike during the course of the weekend, so thanks to the team for that. I've got a good set up for the race and I'm aiming at two podium finishes."

"Of course, we all want to do better unless we're first and second," confirmed team boss Paul Denning, "John didn't have his best lap, but that's the nature of Superpole - it can work both ways. Karl is suffering badly around here with his wrist, and is having to have very painful injections just before he rides. He's not complaining, and we're very impressed by his commitment. I can guarantee that both our riders will do their utmost to push their Rizla Suzukis as close to the front as possible tomorrow - 30,000 plus fans will demand it!"

 

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