Double British Superbike Champion John Reynolds has signed for a second consecutive year with Suzuki and will campaign the latest generation GSX-R1000 in 2003.

The 37-year-old Nottingham based rider made no secret this year that he wanted to stay with the Suzuki squad for 2003 and he signed on the dotted line at the team's headquarters in Verwood, Dorset, yesterday.

"I started talking to team boss Paul Denning three or four months ago about staying with the team for next year," explained JR. "We worked hard this season as a team and we finished up with a bike that can win races, no doubt about it.

"Next season, with the lessons we've learnt and the developments we will have with the new GSX-R1000, we will hit the ground running and be able to put together a title challenge. I told Steve Hislop he was borrowing the number one plate for the coming season and I meant it. I mean to have it back," he warned.

The new for 2003 GSX-R1000 is Suzuki's flagship bike and is up on power and down on weight compared to the old model. In 2002, the first year when British Superbike rules allowed a 1000cc four-cylinder bike to compete, Reynolds and the GSX-R1000 managed to record a memorable win and numerous podium finishes despite the whole team going through a learning process. In 2003, with plenty of telemetry available, the team is expecting to be at the front at every round.

Team Manager Paul Denning enthused: "From a team's perspective, we couldn't have asked for more from John in 2002 and he repaid us with commitment, bravery and effort. The results at the end of the year only tell half a story and don't show just how hard we all worked.

"It is clear John has the ability to win the Championship and he has been instrumental in the development of the bike - he has taken it step by step to the point where we are starting 2003 with a very competitive motorcycle. We are delighted as a team that John has the faith in us and Suzuki to stay with us for a second year and mount a real challenge for the title."

Suzuki's General Manager for Sales, Nick Barnes, is confident that Reynolds' second term on the bike will be hugely successful: "The new 2003 GSX-R1000 is an awesome bike in standard production trim and we know it will make a formidable Superbike racer. Combine that with the unquestionable talent of John Reynolds, a double Champion with real pedigree, and Suzuki is looking forward to a successful year."

 

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