Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds showed his true grit and determination today by putting his GSX-R1000 on the front row for tomorrow's two Snetterton races despite riding with a broken collarbone.

The Nottingham rider broke his left collarbone in a fall during final qualifying at the first round of the series at Silverstone two weeks ago.

Today in Norfolk, he made no mistakes as he recorded the fourth fastest time despite excruciating pain. Reynolds is riding without the aid of any injections or painkillers, as he does not want to aggravate the injury unintentionally.

"I rode well above my own expectations today," admitted JR. "I had thought a start somewhere on the first three rows would have been good and to get on the first row is super. I am aching a bit now and I feel pretty tired, but I am pleased with today's qualification.

"This morning I took a few tablets and they made me feel very fuzzy. I'm not sure, but it was a bit like a migraine headache and after the first session I wasn't feeling great," he added. "I was in the motor home and called my wife and as I was explaining it to her, the fog just lifted. Maybe I had something in my eye, or maybe just talking to her really helped. Either way I felt much better in the second session.

"Tomorrow I hope to get two solid points scoring results. If I can do that I'll be pretty happy with the weekend, after all, I only broke my collarbone two weeks ago," Reynolds stressed.

"I am happy with John's front row start, it was a great ride given his circumstance and injuries. He is trying very hard and he has earned that fourth place because he is riding in a lot of pain," stated Dave Marton, JR's Chief Technician.

Pole position went to Ducati's Shane Byrne.



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