Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds reckons he can win the British Superbike title this year - although it will be a "very level playing field".

Reynolds told British tabloid newspaper The People:: "Last year was a bit of a learning exercise but now we can challenge for the championship.

"We've certainly hit the ground running this year. We had a good bike last year but we started losing points from the word go."

He added: "A couple of things on the bikes have really kicked on and we need to start scoring points right from the off.

"One of the problems last season was that we were trying to over-stress the engine, and I was trying to get used to a four-cylinder bike. But now the bike really feels like it's mine. The seat is quite a bit smaller and the fit of the bike suits me fine."

Reynolds continued: "All the other riders are the main contenders this year - it's a very level playing field.

"One of the strongest contenders will be my team-mate - Yukio Kagayama. I've been testing with him over in Japan. He's really fast and has made a real input to the team."

The first round of the 2003 British Superbike championship takes place this weekend at Silverstone [March 29/30].



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