Team Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds will be back on track this weekend at the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk, despite breaking his collarbone less than two weeks ago.

It was during final qualifying at Silverstone on March 29th when Reynolds suffered a high-speed crash on his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 and snapped his left collarbone.

He was forced to miss the opening races of the Championship, but watching from the sidelines has only reinforced his determination to ride at Snetterton this weekend and he has undergone intensive laser treatment and physiotherapy since the accident. He is already feeling fit to ride again.

"Watching the first round at Silverstone was nearly as painful as the crash," said Reynolds. "I want to ride and race, it is what I do. This isn't just a job, it's my life!

"The physio told me that I would be able to ride and after just eight days I can drive a manual car again no problems and I have movement back. I can actually feel my collarbone healing. I've tried laser treatment and I'm taking some homeopathic medicine as well and it is really working, I'm a convert.

"Snetterton is probably the best track to race at when coming back from an injury like this. There aren't many left handers to aggravate my left collarbone. I'll be looking at changing my braking style a bit as well; to see if there's any way I can load my knees more than my collarbone. Until I get there I don't know how competitive I'll be, but I'm 100 per cent confident I'll be able to race."

His return puts Rizla Suzuki back up to full strength with team-mate Yukio Kagayama ready and raring to go in only his second UK race. He scored an impressive second and fourth at the first round of the Championship at Silverstone.

"I have tested at Snetterton twice now and I am getting to know the track," said Kagayama. "I like it, especially the straight, you can really let the bike build up some speed and touch 190mph.

"I will be riding with some new stickers on my bike this weekend. Daijiro Kato, who was seriously injured in Sunday's MotoGP race at Suzuka is a great friend of mine and I will be wearing stickers in tribute and to support him. I am hoping very much that he will recover."

Team Manager Paul Denning concluded: "The team is buzzing about John returning to the racing so quickly. He is lifting the whole squad with his determination to race. We shall see how his collarbone feels at the weekend and hopefully he will be able to score some solid points.

"Yuki is devastated by what's happened to his close friend Daijiro Kato. As a team our thoughts are with Daijiro and his family.

"Yuki is riding very well at the minute and has tested at Snetterton twice now, making it one of the tracks he knows best in the UK. He is a class rider who we know can challenge for the podium and isn't very far away from winning races."

Racing commences on Sunday April 13th at 1:15pm and will be televised live on Sky Sports. It will also be shown one week after the event on BBC Grandstand.

 

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