Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds will lead the BSB field into round two at Brands Hatch this weekend after a hard-fought race win and third at Silverstone two weeks ago.

For Reynolds, the chance to race the tight Indy circuit in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd is always special - and JR also has happy memories of winning both BSB and World Superbike races at the Kent venue.

"Brands Hatch is my favourite circuit and I am going there with the bike that won the last race and has the pace on the field," he confirmed. "It won't be easy to win, there are half a dozen riders in with a chance of taking the chequered flag first, but we are continuing to develop the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I am more determined than ever to win.

"Bank Holiday race meetings attract big crowds and that is a source of inspiration for me," he added. "The fans are very vocal and when I am on the grid waiting for the action to start, I hear the cheers and chants. I want to reward everyone who is cheering me on with exciting close racing and the right results on Monday."

Team-mate Yukio Kagayama, who finished in an impressive fourth place in the first race at Silverstone, has been training in the gym in preparation for the event... as well as celebrating the birth of his second daughter in Japan.

"I am a father for the second time and this gives me big power to do well, I am very happy. Thank you to all my fans who suggest names for my baby. As soon as I decide on a name I will let you know," said the popular Japanese.

Yuki has never raced at the Indy circuit but tested there once before and was within a whisker of JR's lap times. He is still recovering from injuries sustained at Cadwell Park last year and is targeting the podium on Bank Holiday Monday.

"Brands Hatch is a new circuit for me to race, but I remember my test last year and I remember I like the track; this will be no problem," he stated. "My injuries are healing and I am now getting close to 80 per cent. My Rizla Suzuki is very good as John-san has proved. I hope that is good enough to help me race at the front for the podium."

Both riders will benefit from new electronic parts and have extra horsepower at Brands, with intensive further developments on the GSX-R1000 planned.



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