For the second time this year the Rizla Suzuki Superbike squad will roll up to the grid at Oulton Park in Cheshire with both riders gunning for glory.

At the first visit to Oulton Park in May, both riders left disappointed not to have taken podium spots and are planning to make amends this weekend.

Reigning British Superbike Champion John Reynolds comes off two fourth place finishes at Cadwell Park last weekend and is in optimistic mood he can get a foot onto the podium. Consistently the first four-cylinder machine home in the British series all year, he's notched up a single victory so far and wants a few more before the end of the season on his ever-improving Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Karl Harris, the reigning British Supersport Champion, is champing at the bit to prove his talent and with Oulton Park being his closest to home round, he's keen to put on a good performance in front of his fans. At the first round in May he had an unfortunate accident that shattered his left wrist, ruling him out from racing until July. Although still in some pain, he is promising it wont stop him from challenging as hard as he can this weekend.

John Reynolds notes: "We have been to Oulton Park before and we learnt a lot from that visit. I'm not overconfident, but I'm looking forward to the racing and fingers crossed we can pick up a couple of wins. The GSX-R1000 has been improving all season long, little bits and pieces here and there and we are constantly stepping forward. Wins or the podium are my aims for the weekend."

Team-mate Karl Harris adds: "Every race gives me more confidence and I'm feeling much better after Cadwell Park last weekend. I had a good second race and I'm up for either getting a good podium finish or a win by the end of the season. The crash that broke my wrist was at Oulton, but I'm not frightened of the track. It was an accident and I am not scared of racing at the Oulton Park circuit. It isn't as physical a track as Cadwell, so I shouldn't require any injections to numb the pain before the race either."

Paul Denning - Team Manager - concludes: "It's been a quick turnaround for the team racing at Cadwell Park last week and Oulton Park this weekend. The guys didn't get back to the workshops until 3am Tuesday morning and have had a lot of work to do since then, but they are professionals and are all eager to get to Oulton for the racing.

"Despite John being disappointed with his results at Cadwell, I think he knows he couldn't have rode any harder and is in good form. He just wants to win every race he enters. Oulton Park wont be easy, but the lessons we learnt last weekend will help us progress the development of the Suzuki in the right direction and give him a good chance to fight for the podium places.

"Karl rode really well at Cadwell and his confidence is growing every time he rides the bike. Oulton Park wont be as hard on his wrist, so he'll be up for a good result as well."

The Superbike racing starts at 1:30pm at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on September 1st.

 

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