Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds took a well-deserved pole position for the tenth round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park to edge Michael Rutter by 0.051secs.

JR was supreme on his GSX-R1000, leaving his fastest lap until the dying seconds of Super 12 qualifying to ensure that he starts ahead of many people's champion-elect Shane Byrne, who claimed third spot on the front row, inside Steve Plater.

"That was pretty much a perfect lap with no problems at all," Reynolds revealed, "I was following Gary Mason on the Yamaha, and he was a good braking marker for me. I caught up with him and, then, in the last two corners, I relaxed a bit because I didn't want to fall and came through to take pole position.

"My bike is working brilliantly. It is a properly sorted bike and is competitive everywhere we go now. On my fast lap, I didn't have so much as a bobble - it was planted."

It was Rizla Suzuki's fourth pole position of the season, and the third in a row after taking pole at Brands Hatch's round of the WSBK and the Oulton Park BSB weekend.

"JR has got it down to a fine art here," the team's experienced test rider, Niall Mackenzie, said, "Cadwell Park is a circuit that is more dangerous than others and he left his big effort until the very end when it counted - that's the best way to do it."

The second Rizla bike of Yukio Kagayama slashed an incredible two-seconds off his lap time from Saturday to take eighth on the grid as he continued to learn the circuit.

'Yuki', on his first visit to the venue, lost time in the earlier qualification session when his brake lever had to be replaced after a slow-speed coming together with Michael Rutter, but spent most of the day learning the difficult curves of the 2.1730-mile Lincolnshire track and, by the end of qualifying, was just starting to get comfortable with the circuit.

"I have yet to do a good lap of this circuit," the Japanese rider admitted, "Every lap I do, there is something new to learn or I get caught in traffic. I am still finding out about the turns and track, but I am getting faster all the time and that makes me happy.

"I am glad to be on the second row and close to the lead times, this is a good situation for us. I think my bike is good and tomorrow, if I can run with the leaders, then maybe I can make a good result."

 

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