Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds wrapped up an amazing second place in the British Superbike Championship with a win and a second place finish at today's eleventh round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, while his team-mate Tom Sykes scored his first ever Superbike points.

Reynolds annihilated the opposition in the first race, winning comfortably on his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 to take the team's seventh win of the season.

In the second race a poor start left him in sixth at the end of the first lap and with a lot of passing to get to the front. He got up to second place but it was too late to catch up with the eventual winner Sean Emmett on a Ducati.

JR cannot be caught for second place in the Championship - a fantastic achievement considering he broke his collarbone at the very first qualifying session of the year and wasn't able to ride competitively until the fifth round.

"To take second place in the Championship is good, but it is the first loser in my books and that grates with me," noted JR. "I really wanted to win the Championship this year and the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been more than capable of doing just that, but I made a mistake at the first round and broke my collarbone.

"That forced us to reassess our priorities and second in the series was our goal and we have achieved it. Another goal of ours has been to win races and I've now won four. By the end of the season I would like that to be six, especially as the last round at Donington is my home circuit!

"I'd like to dedicate today's win to Yuki [Kagayama], my team-mate who is in hospital. We now know he needs a second operation on his pelvis and he'll be going to Japan soon. Power to you Yuki, I'm looking forward to racing against you for the Championship next season, so hurry up and make a full recovery mate.

"Finally, Yuki's stand in rider for this round Tom Sykes has been outstanding. He has shown he has the pace to ride in Superbikes and I've no doubt he is a Champion of the future. Now I'm looking forward to racing with my old sparring partner Niall Mackenzie as my team-mate at Donington Park in two weeks time - I think he could be tough to beat!"

Huddersfield's Sykes, standing in for the injured Yukio Kagayama who broke his pelvis at the Cadwell Park round of BSB last month, fell out of the first race before composing himself to finish 14th in the second event. The 18-year-old rider who normally competes in the 600cc Supersport series has impressed the team with his raw talent and ability.

"This weekend has been like a dream come true for me and I'd like to thank Rizla Suzuki for giving me the chance to race on what is the best bike in the series," said Sykes, "I've learnt lots this weekend and although I crashed in the first race, I am delighted to have scored my first ever Superbike points, that's special. It's been a great experience and I know for sure I want to ride for this team again.

"The first race was good fun until I fell. We changed the tyres and set-up on the bike for the second race and it was a bit easier for me to ride. Getting points is good, it has certainly given me a taste for Superbike racing. Thanks to the whole team for helping me this weekend!"

Paul Denning, team manager, added: "Rizla Suzuki is back to its winning ways and JR was magnificent today, putting himself a clear second in the Championship and uncatchable no matter what happens at the last round at Donington. He utterly dominated the first race and there was always going to be only one winner. In the second race he was denied the win by his poor start, pushing him back to sixth. By the time he had got past the traffic to chase Sean, he had used the best of his tyres and it was impossible to win, but it made for a very exciting end to the race.

"What can I say about Tom Sykes, he's a star of the future, there can be no doubt. It was difficult for him in the second race after falling off in the first, but he kept his cool and was lapping as quickly as the guys in front of him and brought the bike home in the points in 14th. I have been really impressed by his whole attitude to racing and his raw ability. Looking at his throttle control on the graphs, it is amazing. We are looking forward to working with Tom in the future and helping him to realise his full potential.

"Now it is on to Donington under no pressure for the Championship position but with a real desire to win the final two races. It is JR's home track and we hope he'll get a bit of competition from his team-mate for the round Niall Mackenzie, who is also local to the circuit. We'll be turning up in new colours for the Donington round to support our sponsor Rizla, which is launching a new coloured packet and ultra thin rolling paper. I've seen the new bodywork and it looks ace, I'm looking forward to seeing the bike on track wearing it!"

 

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