Rizla Suzuki makes its second visit of the season to Oulton Park in Cheshire this weekend for the 9th round of the British Superbike Championship and is in optimistic mood that it can add to its superb five in-a-row winning streak.

John Reynolds is coming off the back of a double win at the eighth round at Mondello and a stunning second place finish at Brands as a WSBK wild-card. When he visited Oulton earlier in the season for the fourth round, despite nursing a broken collarbone, he still finished second at what is one of his favourite circuits.

"I love Oulton Park, it is a brilliant place to race," beamed JR. "We will be going there for the second time this year with a much better idea of how to go quickly. At the first visit, our bike set-up was wrong in the first race and I changed it completely for the second race and took a second place finish.

"We have a much better starting point for this visit and I won't have my broken collarbone injury to hamper me either. I obviously want to continue winning races and right now I am riding better than any other time on my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000."

Team-mate Yukio Kagayama is anticipating a close battle at the front this weekend. Yuki won both races at the seventh round at Rockingham and then fought with his team mate for the victory at Mondello Park.

He is benefiting from plenty of time on track at the moment. Oulton Park is his 9th race weekend in a row, spanning MotoGP, BSB, World Superbike, World Endurance and British Superbike racing activities.

"I will be returning from the Suzuka 8-hour race to Oulton Park and I am happy to be back racing in BSB," said 'Yuki'. "At the first visit to Oulton Park the circuit was new and the racing difficult for me, but I still finished with a fourth and a fifth. I think maybe this time will be a better result as I am more comfortable on my bike and happy to race with John-san at the front. I want to win this time, it is my turn! I will be giving maximum attack this weekend."

Both Rizla riders will wear black armbands while competing this weekend to show respect for the late Steve Hislop who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident.

"As a team we were shocked and saddened by the news that reigning Champion Steve Hislop was killed in a helicopter accident last week," said team manager Paul Denning. "We are all feeling his loss and our riders will be wearing black armbands at Oulton Park as a show of respect to Steve who was one of the most popular and fastest racers we have ever had the pleasure to know and compete with."

Meanwhile, World Mountainbike Downhill Champion Steve Peat is joining Rizla Suzuki as a guest on Sunday August 10th and will be comparing a thrilling pillion ride with JR to his extreme sports background.

 

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