Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds finished in second place in both of today's races at the tenth round of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park, putting on a brave display of controlled aggressive riding while his team-mate Yukio Kagayama was in hospital recovering from an accident earlier in the day.

JR's thoughts during both races were with his team-mate after disaster struck Kagayama during the morning warm-up. The Japanese rider's Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 collided with Suzuki mounted privateer Chris Heath at the entrance to the mountain section of the circuit.

Kagayama hit the crash barriers and the session was immediately red flagged. He was taken to nearby Lincoln hospital where he has been diagnosed as having a broken pelvis - an injury that will rule him out of racing for the remainder of the season. At time of going to press no further details were available on Kagayama's condition. Heath suffered a broken left ankle in the incident.

The Lincolnshire circuit was packed with nearly 37,000 Bank Holiday spectators who watched Ducati's Shane Byrne win the first race and take the Championship title in the progress, before Honda's Steve Plater made the most of back markers to open a gap on JR and win the second race. JR took the fastest lap on the day in the first race with a 1 minute 25.181 seconds lap.

"I am glad this weekend is over. Cadwell Park is a dangerous place to race and I am always happy when the weekend is over and I'm driving home," said JR, "Make no mistake, I love racing and the fans here are brilliant, but the track could do with more safety being built in.

"Today's racing was made very difficult for me by what happened to Yuki this morning. To be honest, it really got to me earlier on in the day and I went into both races and tried my best to blank his accident from my mind, but that is a hard thing to do.

"Congratulations to Shakey for taking the Championship title here today. My aim now is to finish second in the Championship and win the final four races - and with my favourite circuit at Brands Hatch and my home circuit at Donington still to come, combined with the performance of my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, I think that is achievable."

Les Pearson, chief technician for Kagayama, added: "This weekend was probably Yuki's most impressive performance of the year. He got on the second row, which is a major achievement given the difficult nature of Cadwell Park and it being his first visit here.

"The fact he crashed due to a slower rider makes it doubly difficult to accept that he is unable to race. We had high hopes for him finishing on the podium here and in the Championship. Now as a team we will give him every support possible so he makes a quick and speedy recovery."

Paul Denning, team manager, concluded: "Today has been a very difficult day for every person in or connected with this team. Yuki suffered a horrendous accident when he collided with a much slower rider during warm-up this morning and broke his pelvis. He will not race again this season and the whole team and his legions of fans all feel completely hollow.

"It is too early to think about substitute riders or our immediate plans. We are all concentrating on giving our maximum support to Yuki and for him to make a full recovery.

"Given what happened to Yuki this morning, the fact JR was able to go out and compete for the race wins shows exceptional courage, determination and professionalism. When your team mate has a serious accident, it is not easy to go out on the same track and push your own limits, but that's exactly what he has done. Along with the rest of the team, he will be putting all his energy into giving his team-mate and friend Yuki all the support he can to get better.

"We will issue news regarding Yuki's condition as soon as everything is clear. In the meantime we would like to thank everybody for their kind thoughts and support."

 

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