Rizla Suzuki riders Yukio Kagayama and John Reynolds totally dominated today's second race at the ninth round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, recording the team's first ever one-two finish.

From the second lap of the second race, no-one looked as though they could touch the Rizla Suzuki pairing on their GSX-R1000s as they rode in formation for lap after lap, aggressively swapping the lead and JR posting a new lap record at 1m 37.449s.

It took until lap 15 for Kagayama to make a decisive break for victory and both riders came home well ahead of the competition.

In the first race, Kagayama finished second behind Honda's Steve Plater after a red flag brought the race to a premature halt. He had been menacing for the victory and was bitterly disappointed not to have taken the win.

"The second race was much faster than the first and I am so happy to win, because I think the first race I lost only because the red flag came out and stopped the racing early," noted Kagayama. "After the first race, I really had to win the second race, it meant a lot to me.

"My team staff have been perfect this week and my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is such a good bike. In the second race, it was tough fighting with my team mate John-san for the win. At the start I tried to break away but couldn't and then in the middle of the race John was strong. Towards the end his pace dropped slightly and I pushed hard to get this win.

"Racing this weekend has been difficult as we know Steve Hislop will not be returning to the Championship. My thoughts go to his family and friends. This is a sad time for motorcycling. This is the end of nine-weeks of racing for me and I am happy to finish on a winning note. Now I will have one weekend off and sleep for a long time."

JR meanwhile crashed out of the action in race 1 on a part of the track where another four riders fell, causing the race organisers to stop the race and check the surface for oil.

Reflecting on the weekend, Reynolds commented: "I am looking forward to getting to Cadwell Park and moving forward and winning more races. This weekend has been strained for me after the tragic death of Steve Hislop. I am glad it is over.

"The first race start was tough, my rear slick slid on the damp surface and I ended up in 20th and had to fight my way back. I got to eighth and a top five finish was on the cards when I had a massive crash at Island bend for no apparent reason. Several other bikes followed on the same corner and I think maybe there was oil on the track.

"The second race was an amazing fight with Yuki which I wanted to take to the flag, but we had a small problem and it wasn't possible. Anyway, it was good to get on the podium again. Yuki and I both have three wins each this season. The second half of the season has been fantastic for the team and we are sharing race wins out between us."

Team manager Paul Denning added: "This is the first ever one-two for the team and every single member of this squad has earned a pat on the back, well done to everyone!

"Rizla Suzuki thoroughly deserved this day. It could have happened at Mondello at the last round, but Yuki crashed out on the last lap and we have had to wait until now. It is a feeling we all enjoy and hopefully we will be able to do it again before the season finishes.

"We dominated the racing this weekend: pole position, lap record for JR in race two and fastest lap in race one, a one-two result and if the first race hadn't been cut short, Yuki would probably have won that as well. The title race isn't over yet and anything can happen. We will do our best to keep winning every race, that's the only way for us to keep the pressure up.

"Thanks again to everyone in the team and all our sponsors. This day and our first ever one-two is dedicated to all of you."

World Cup Mountainbike Champion Steve Peat joined Rizla Suzuki at the races and the 29-year-old extreme sports star is a convert to motorcycle racing: "This is my first visit to BSB and the Rizla Suzuki team is very professional. Hopefully I can get to another race to support JR and Yuki. Both guys rode brilliantly today and I've really enjoyed myself. Today has encouraged me and I hope to take my bike test and try a few track days."

 

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