Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds won both races in today's eighth round of the British Superbike Championship at Mondello Park in Ireland, making it five victories in a row for the GSX-R1000.

JR was in supreme control of his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 as he piloted it round the 2.1766-mile twisty Mondello Park track that the series was visiting for the first time.

As well as taking the lap record at 1m 41.234s, it is his first double win since 2001 and he is now up to second in the Championship.

"It is fantastic that I won both races today and a real shame that Yuki didn't join me on the podium in the second race as well as the first. He rode brilliantly today," said Reynolds.

"In the first race I was pushing hard on my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 and it was doing exactly what I wanted it to do. We knew we had a good race set-up and we could run at a fast pace.

"In the second race it was Yuki who led the way and I really had to dig deep to overtake him. I felt really sorry for him when he crashed out and I'm looking forward to racing against him at the front during the rest of the season. Thanks to my team for preparing such a good bike that let me win both races today!"

Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama joined JR on the podium in the first race with a fantastic third place finish - putting both riders on the podium together for the first time this season. In the second race, Yuki led from the second lap until the last lap. He had just been passed by JR and was riding in tandem with him when he high-sided out of second place.

"The first race was very good fun for me and I am glad I joined John-san on the podium," noted Kagayama, "The second race was fun as well and I led for most of the race, but I am not so happy with the result. We had made some changes to my bike and it was much better and I thought maybe I could win. But John-san was always close behind me and when he overtook me I thought maybe I could get back in front on the last lap. But I gave it too much gas and high-sided.

"All I wanted to do was win, and it was a small mistake, but I can take nothing away from John-san who rode extremely well today. I will try to race with him at the front from now on and look forward to many more battles with him for the victories."

Rizla Suzuki has now won five races in a row in the British Superbike Championship and is dominating the second half of the season, with rider JR now second in the Championship and his team-mate Yuki fifth.

The General Manager of the Suzuki MotoGP team Mr Kamomiya and MotoGP team technician Mr Matsugano were both guests of Rizla Suzuki this weekend. They enjoyed their time with the team and were impressed by the level of professionalism and competition in the series.

Gary Keogh, brand manager Rizla UK, concluded: "Our first visit to Ireland has been a good one and it has nothing to do with the luck of the Irish, it's all to do with our team's hard work and dedication. We have won four races in a row, moved up the Championship standings and are running at the front in every race.

"The team is on fire at the moment and is starting to show its real potential. Today we were the class of the field and proved beyond any doubt we have two riders capable of winning races. I'm sure Yuki will bounce back from his fall on the final lap and be racing JR for the wins at the next round. Congratulations to the whole team!"

 

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