Rizla Suzuki starts its test schedule today (Monday) at the Almeria track in southern Spain, where John Reynolds will be evaluating new parts for his GSX-R1000 in preparation for the upcoming BSB season.

"The off-season is now over and it is time to get on with the serious business of taking our Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, which was the bike to beat in the latter half of 2003, and improving it before the start of the racing season on March 28th at Silverstone," declared Reynolds.

JR will be testing a host of new parts. He will try new Ohlins gas-charged forks and rear shock, new Dunlop tyres, the latest evolution of Q8Oils SBK Racing Oil and the latest AFAM sprockets and SBS Dual Carbon brake pads. The GSX-R1000 engine specification is new and has been developed with Suzuki Factory assistance.

"With the improvements that the team has been working on, I am positive the bike will be more competitive when we line up for the first race," said John. "In the engine department alone, we have found considerably more horsepower and with the incremental gains in suspension, oil, tyres, brake pads, sprockets and electronics, we are in a very good position.

"The racing is going to be hard this year with the other manufacturers coming into the series with Factory backed efforts," he confessed. "We are confident for the season but we dare not be complacent, so we will be putting in every effort to develop the bike to its very best potential for the start of the season."

The team will be working without Yukio Kagayama, who is still recovering from his 2003 injuries in Japan, but will instead call on the services of test and development rider Niall Mackenzie. The Scot will start testing on Tuesday and concentrate on the Motec engine management electronics.

"Testing is crucial for our team as it will help us to develop our bike and make it as fast as possible for the first race," began team manager Paul Denning. "With Suzuki Japan's assistance, Yuki will soon be on two wheels and testing parts for the team from the Factory's test track.

"He will be joining us in March for the remainder of our test programme and we expect him to be challenging JR for the top spot on the podium at Silverstone," added Denning.

The test finishes on Wednesday and the team returns to the UK before revisiting Spain again at the start of March for further testing.

 

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