Rizla Suzuki will be at Thruxton this weekend for the third round of the British Superbike Championship with both its riders well on the road to recovery after a bruising start to the season.

John Reynolds broke his collarbone at the first round at Silverstone just over two weeks ago, but he showed all the character that has made him a double BSB Champion to race last weekend at the second round of the series at Snetterton and record two podium third places.

With another four days rest and recuperation before he races again, the Nottingham rider is confident he will be even stronger for Thruxton and is hoping he will be running at the front of the pack.

"My collarbone is getting better everyday," commented Reynolds. "While I can't pretend that I was racing at full strength at Snetterton, I wasn't far off the winning pace. This weekend I hope I will have more strength and stamina and I'll need it, Thruxton boasts the fastest lap speed of the entire season and it is extremely bumpy.

"It will be painful on my collarbone, especially when I have to brake hard into the final chicane. The race is normally decided there on the last lap, so if I want to keep my position, I'll have to have a gap over the people following me.

"Thruxton will be a tough weekend and it will still be only three weeks since I broke my collarbone. If I can score decent points like I did at Snetterton, then I have a fortnight gap before racing commences for the fourth round and enough time to heal properly. I am really looking forward to regaining full strength in my collarbone. The Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is so good I know I can improve on my third place finishes."

Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama is also battered and bruised from his exploits at Snetterton. On Friday he crashed his GSX-R1000 and injured his left ankle. On Saturday he crashed again, in what he described as the biggest accident in his life.

Despite feeling distinctly second hand for the races on Sunday, he still recorded a fantastic fifth place finish in race two after retiring from the first race when a podium result was almost certain. He is now resting and recovering and insists he will be fully fit when he gets to the Hampshire track.

"Thruxton might be the team's home race, but it promises to be the most difficult for me as it will be the only track I have not ridden on before the race weekend starts," said Kagayama. "Normally I do a track day with Niall Mackenzie before each round so I at least know my way round the circuit. That is not possible at Thruxton as they only do car track days. That puts me at a disadvantage and means I will have to work very hard on Friday and Saturday during practice.

"I am sore after my crashes at Snetterton. On Saturday I really flew through the air. A spectator said I was as high as the top of an articulated lorry and then I hit the ground at 110mph. I am lucky not to have broken any bones.

"But I bounce very well and my body has much experience in healing itself. I will be fully fit for Thruxton and I want to get back on the podium like I was at Silverstone."

Thruxton is as close to a home round as the team can get. Based out of Verwood in Dorset, it is less than an hour to the track for the squad. British Superbike racing starts at Thruxton at 1:15pm on Sunday April 20th.



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