Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds gave the rest of the field a lesson in power-sliding as he guided his silver GSX-R1000 to two podium finishes at Sunday's 12th and final round of the British Superbike Championship, at Donington Park.

JR had his new Silver liveried Suzuki slid sideways out of every corner as he recorded third and second place finishes in the double-header.

In the first race he struggled with grip, and then lost touch with the leaders when back markers baulked him with just three laps to go.

"I so wanted to win a race today that it is painful that I haven't. In the first race I struggled for rear grip and while I was challenging for the win throughout, I think third was a decent result," said John.

Unfortunately for Reynolds, lappers would again dent his charge in race two when a back marker parked his bike in front of the silver bullet and he lost two-seconds on race leader Byrne.

Undeterred, JR clawed his disadvantage back - but another trio of back markers got in his way and his hopes for winning were permanently dashed.

"In the second race we changed the rear tyre, I had more grip and was able to slide it predictably," began Reynolds. "After getting on the back of Shakey I was sizing him up for an overtake and then we caught up with a back marker. Shakey got through before the corner and I had to park the bike behind the slower rider mid corner. All I could do was watch as Shane rode away.

"I caught him again at the same time as another three back markers and that was it, he got through and the race was over. It was a racing incident, but it is a shame I didn't get the chance to battle to the line with Shakey," said Reynolds sportingly. "The Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a brilliant bike and I hope I get the chance to go one better and win the title on it next season. Thanks to the team, my fans and to Rizla for their support this year, see you in 2004."

While JR refused to blame the backmarkers, team manger Paul Denning admitted he was bitterly disappointed.

"It would have been great to have finished the season with the win which JR deserved, but back markers got in the way. I'll be pushing for double sized blue flags for next season, that's for sure," he said.

"(But) well done to JR, he rode superbly and the way he was power-sliding his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 was awe inspiring, we'll be talking about a speedway contract for 2004!" joked Denning. "His second in the Championship is small consolation for him or the team as we only want to win, but given his early season injuries, it is testament to him and the bike. Thanks John!"

 

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