John Reynolds headed the time sheets during a wet second practice session for the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill today.

The Nottingham rider powered his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 around the 1.2986-mile long Scottish circuit at class leading pace for lap after lap as the rain intermittently showered the soaking wet circuit.

"It is good to be at the top of the timesheets, that's where we deserve to be," said JR. "I tried a few different settings and two different bikes today in the wet. We tried a hard and soft setting and it was on the harder setting that I was able to put together a lot of fast laps one after each other.

"Tomorrow I'd prefer qualifying to be in the dry but whatever way the weather goes it looks like we will be competitive this weekend."

"We worked on two of JR's bikes with different shock absorbers and tried a variety of suspension settings this afternoon in the wet," added Chief Engineer Dave Marton. "We made some very good progress. It's good to see that John was able not only to go fast in the wet, but also to keep it going for a string of laps in a row.

"He is finding it hard to keep the front wheel on the ground when exiting the hairpin and we will be working on making that easier for him tomorrow come rain or shine."

Behind Reynolds by just 0.167secs was championship contender Michael Rutter, with home hero Steve Hislop third ahead of Paul Young.

Round five of the British Superbike Championship takes place on Sunday May 18th with the first Superbike race starting at 1:15pm.

Friday practice times: Knockhill.
1: John Reynolds (Suzuki) 57.114
2: Michael Rutter (Ducati) +0.167
3: Steve Hislop (Yamaha) +0.584
4: Paul Young (Yamaha) +0.585
5: Gary Mason (Yamaha) +0.789
6: Sean Emmett (Ducati) +0.800
7: Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +1.060
8: John Crawford (Ducati) +1.414
9: Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +1.829
10: John McGuinness (Ducati) +1.836



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