Rizla Suzuki riders John Reynolds and Yukio Kagayama travel to Scotland for the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill this weekend and hope to be celebrating victories with their own versions of the Highland Fling.

JR is looking forward to racing at 100 per cent fitness for the first time this season after breaking his left collarbone at Silverstone during the opening round of the series in March.

He is confident of good results as his returned fitness means he can now be aggressive with his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 and hustle it through corners rather than just hanging on.

"This will be the first round I'll be riding at full fitness this year and I'm looking to make my mark on the results," said Reynolds, "Knockhill is a superb track and there's always a fantastic atmosphere with the crowd. It has traditionally been a good track for us and I'm hoping to start winning races there this weekend.

"The crowd at the track can be patriotic to the Scottish riders, but that doesn't intimidate me at all. I like heading north and to be honest, I don't think there is such a thing as home advantage anymore. Everyone rides at a high level regardless of the track and that is what's needed if you want to be a contender."

His team-mate, Yuki, a Factory Suzuki rider from Japan, is making his first competitive visit to the track. He noted: "I have already visited Knockhill with my track teacher Niall Mackenzie. The circuit is very quick and the lap time is short and that makes it easier for me to learn quickly. Now I know the way round the circuit, I'll be able to concentrate on getting a good result.

"Scotland seems like a friendly place but I've been told that it might rain. I hope it doesn't, I like sunny hot weather, not cold, wet and damp. I hear that Scottish men wear skirts - or kilts. That sounds strange but I have spoken with Niall and he says it is tradition. Maybe I should wear a kilt."

The 1.3-mile long Knockhill circuit in Dunfermline is super fast and set into the hillside with plenty of changes in elevation and a dramatic final hairpin to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats. It takes around 50 seconds to complete a lap, making it one of the shortest lap times on the BSB calendar.

Yuki is currently fourth in the BSB standings and JR is seventh. Both riders are hoping to challenge for the podium and to move up the Championship table on Sunday when the Superbike racing starts at 1:15pm. You can catch all the action live on Sky Sports on the day or on BBC Grandstand one week later.



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