Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds shone in the changeable weather conditions at the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill in Scotland, taking second and third place finishes.

JR was able to put on a masterful display of controlled aggressive riding and challenge for the win in the second race. The race started in dry conditions and Reynolds, held up in traffic early on, posted the fastest lap of the race at 92.55mph and was chasing down race leader and eventual winner Shane Byrne when rain fell and cut the race short at two-thirds distance. It was declared a result. In race one JR had taken a superb third in difficult conditions. It started damp, dried out and then rained while the bikes were on track.

"It is great to be back racing at the front and feeling as though I can challenge for the win," said Reynolds. "I am fully recovered from breaking my collarbone at the first round at Silverstone and in the second race today, I could smell the chance to win. I still had some work to do catching Shakey but I was so comfortable on the bike that I am sure I could have went faster and put pressure on him. I was closing on Shakey with every lap and was praying inside my helmet that the rain would stay off until the end of the race, but it didn't. Now we have proved what we have been saying all along, the bike is capable of challenging for the win and so am I.

"The first race was held in dreadful weather," he continued. "It was dry one minute and then pouring the next. I'm happy to have taken third in such conditions. A big thank you to my team for giving me such a competitive bike this weekend, my podium finishes are for them."

Rizla Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama crashed heavily during qualifying on Saturday and was suffering during both of today's races. That didn't stop the Japanese ace from recording 10th and seventh place results and showing he is as fast as the leaders when he gets into his stride.

"This was a difficult round for me because of the wet weather and my crash on Saturday," said Kagayama. "It was difficult to push hard in the rain and on the damp track. When I did try hard in damp qualifying I crashed and hurt myself and that didn't help for the races.

"Race one was horrible, with very heavy rain and I had lots of wheel-spin at the start. I was in 21st place at the end of the first lap and it was difficult to get near the leaders, so 10th was okay. In race two it was dry and I made a better result, but I really needed to start from higher than 13th on the grid to challenge the leaders. Again, 7th is okay but it is not my full potential."

After Ducati's Shane Byrne won both races JR is now fourth in the Championship table and Yuki fifth. The next round of the British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on June 22nd.

 

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