John Reynolds won the admiration of the Snetterton fans as well as his Rizla Suzuki team by taking two-podium finishes at Snetterton on Sunday, despite racing with a broken left collarbone.

Reynolds, who was injured at Silverstone just two weeks ago, was determined to race his GSX-R1000 and score points at round two. His courage to race through the pain barrier won him the applause of the crowd, the Halls Rider of the Day award as well as praise from his team.

"JR getting two podiums is almost unspeakable," admitted Team Operations Manager Rob Hodkinson. "We could never have hoped for that result given his broken collarbone, but it is a measure of the man, his determination and the competitiveness of the bike that he was able to record these results. We certainly haven't seen the best of him and when he gets back to full fitness he will be difficult to beat."

"When I came here on Thursday I wasn't even sure I could complete a lap on the bike because of my broken collarbone. But I was determined to try and I am glad I did. Two podium place finishes are well above my own expectations," said JR. "I was riding in a lot of pain today, but when the race started the adrenaline took over. There were parts of the track - particularly the braking area after the main straight and the chicanes, where I was riding conservatively because of my injury.

"But it is mission accomplished for this weekend. I came here to score points and have scored very well. Now I can rest for another few days and come back even stronger at Thruxton next weekend," concluded Reynolds.

"I'd like to thank JR personally for his fairytale results. He has achieved the impossible and more than we could have hoped for," declared Team Manager Paul Denning after Sunday's second race.

The first race was won by Ducati's Michael Rutter and the second by Ducati's Shane Byrne. Around 20,000 spectators flooded the Norfolk track to watch the racing in bright sunshine. The racing moves on to Thruxton next weekend on April 20th.

 

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