Rizla Suzuki will roll up to the start line at Rockingham and the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship in good spirits this weekend and hoping to continue its winning ways.

Rizla's John Reynolds won the last race in the series at Brands Hatch on his GSX-R1000 and is determined to take more victories for the team.

Despite breaking his collarbone at the opening race at Silverstone and riding wounded for the next three rounds, the Nottingham rider is now third in the Championship standings and is the only person who is consistently able to challenge Ducati's Shakey Byrne for race wins.

"We took pole position at Rockingham last year and we know we can be competitive at the track," said JR, "It is a reasonably tight circuit with a fast straight and I think it suits aggressive riding.

"For the rest of the season I think we can be fighting at the front for the wins. The bike is good, I'm back to full fitness and we have it all to race for. More wins are my target from now on."

Team-mate Yukio Kagayama meanwhile is looking forward to getting back to the British national championship after a weekend at Assen in Holland riding for the Suzuki MotoGP team.

Kagayama had been on course to record a 12th place finish in the wet race despite riding at the track and on the new bike for the first time, but with just over four laps left to go, he tumbled from the bike and ended up in the gravel - hardly the reward he deserved for such a brave battling performance. He thinks the Rockingham track might suit his riding style and is targeting podium finishes as his goal for the weekend.

"I am very busy at the moment and I have raced in British and World Superbikes as well as MotoGP on consecutive weekends," said Kagayama, "I am hoping that the extra time on track will help to give me an edge this weekend at Rockingham.

"I have not ridden at the circuit before, so it will be completely new to me, but I think it is the sort of track that should suit my riding style. It looks flat and twisty and with a bit of luck I will hopefully be able to challenge for the podium."

Superbike racing starts at 1.15pm [local time] on Sunday July 6th at the 1.736mile long Northants circuit.

 

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