Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds will start from fifth and his team-mate Yukio Kagayama from eighth for tomorrow's eighth round of the British Superbike Championship at Mondello Park in Ireland.

JR had dominated the practice sessions, setting super fast lap times consistently one after each other while testing race tyres on his GSX-R1000 Rizla Suzuki.

In Dunlop Super 12 he used a qualifying tyre and knocked over half a second from his previous best but narrowly missed a front row start by six thousandths of a second and pole by less than three tenths of a second in a closely fought battle for the front of the grid.

"That is hard to believe," said Reynolds, "we have been fast or fastest all weekend and in qualifying I go over half a second quicker again and yet finish up on the second row! Everything was very close at the front and I did have one big slide on my fast lap, which probably cost me the chance to take pole position.

"The bike is great and I have a superb tyre for the race. I finished in fifth today, but points are only awarded tomorrow in the races and I know we can do a lot better then."

Kagayama has been experimenting with his bike set-up and will revert to yesterday's settings on his GSX-R1000 as he feels that will let him be competitive over race distance.

"We have worked on the chassis set-up on my bike and we have learnt a lot this weekend," noted Kagayama, "Today we made some changes that didn't work the way we expected and we will now change the bike back to the same settings as yesterday. That is good, because I was riding very comfortably and within myself yesterday and think that we will be able to have a good race if I get that same feeling again.

"Our Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is quick, I think along with John, it is fastest through both speed traps here and after winning at Rockingham from eighth place on the grid, I will be trying my best to do it again."

Dave Marton, chief technician, added: "I am disappointed not to see John and Yuki further up the grid but overall I am very positive about our chances for tomorrow. We have been competitive on race tyres all weekend, with JR posting the leading times and Yuki very close behind but conserving his strength as he is racing almost every weekend at the moment. Come the race tomorrow, I'm sure both Rizla Suzuki riders will be right on the pace at the front and hoping to add to the three wins out of the last three starts that the team has enjoyed."

It is the first time that the British Superbike Championship has visited Ireland and the 2.1760-mile long circuit 25-miles south west of Dublin. Huge crowds are expected at the circuit tomorrow to watch the Superbike racing that starts at 1.15 pm.

 

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