Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds dominated every practice and qualifying session to take his first pole position of the season today [Saturday] for tomorrow's sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

JR on his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been at the top of the time sheets in every session this weekend and has been getting faster and faster - posting his quickest lap at the end of the Dunlop Super 12 final qualifying session.

"It feels great to be on pole position but it will feel even better tomorrow if we can win a race or two," noted Reynolds, "Race day is what it is all about and we know we have a good setting with the bike and have worked hard all weekend. We deserve to be on pole position.

"Brands is my favourite track and it is great to be here. I'll be going flat out tomorrow and I am looking forward to the green light and the racing starting."

Dave Marton, chief technician for JR, added: "We have a good race tyre for tomorrow and to be honest, everything has happened very easily this weekend, we are extremely well organised. We have a good bike set up, the gearing is spot on, the bike is fast and JR is confident, what more can you ask for?

"Today we played a bit with the steering agility and made the bike more nimble to help John overtake and when he comes across back markers tomorrow. Hopefully we can transform this pole position into results tomorrow."

Team-mate Yukio Kagayama meanwhile will start from the second row in seventh place. Kagayama has been learning the 2.6082-mile long Brands Hatch GP circuit and also saved his best lap time until the dying seconds to take a superb seventh and second row start position.

"Seventh position is not so bad as it is my first time at this track," said Kagayama. "I am still getting faster and faster and hope that tomorrow when the racing starts and the adrenaline begins, I will be able to stay with the leaders. A second row start is a good position and I am happy with that.

"We were still making some small changes to my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 right up until the last lap and everything we have done is an improvement. I am looking for some good results tomorrow. Well done to John-san for taking pole position."

Before the racing tomorrow, both Reynolds and Kagayama will be taking two lucky winners of a Black Horse Finance Promotion around the track as pillion passengers. To help the passengers stay onboard, Rizla Suzuki has enlisted the help of Triboseat, a new cover to go over the pillion seat that will help the rider to stop sliding about under hard acceleration or braking.

JR is also heading the Rizla 'Cash for KPH' award after two of the three days are completed. He has recorded 162.8mph that, if it remains the fastest top speed of the weekend after the races, equates to 260KMH and wins him ?260 plus a stunning Rizla trophy.

 

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