Rizla Suzuki were the dominantteam in qualifying for the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, with John Reynolds and Yukio Kagayama qualifying in second and third place on the grid for tomorrow's Bank Holiday Monday races

On a dry track in bright sunshine, JR and Yuki worked on the set up of their Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 race bikes and left it until the dying moments of qualifying to go for outright lap times. Both riders finished qualification happy to be on the front row and with ideas how to go even faster tomorrow. Ducati's Sean Emmett took pole position at his home circuit.

Top privateer in the Superbike Cup was Crescent supported Jon Kirkham on a GSX-R1000 in 10th place overall.

Despite missing out on the top spot, John Reynolds is happy and confident for the race. "I am happy with second on the grid, it is a good place to start at Brands as it gives you a run on the pole position man into the first corner," he said.

"On my fastest lap I went into Graham Hill bend to find waving oil flags and a bike and rider in the middle of the track. It cost me a bit of time, but I kept it fairly well pinned and I am happy with qualification. More importantly, I am delighted with the tyre testing we got through today and I am confident in of running at an extremely fast race pace tomorrow.

"We still have a couple of ideas to try in morning warm up to try and improve the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, but as we sit, I'll sleep pretty well tonight knowing we are in a good position for the races."

For Yukio Kagayama it wasn't a bad performance for his first time at the circuit. "Yuki is coming back to form and feeling good. I do many laps today and find a good tyre for the race. I also learn the circuit more and think I know the lines now," he explained.

"I still need a little bit changing of my braking style, but my Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is nearly perfect. My body condition is coming better and my mind is happy. I want to fight for the podium tomorrow and then go home to Japan to see my new daughter and family on Tuesday with smiling."

Stewart Johnstone, Kagayama's chief technician, highlights the extent of Kagayama's performance. "The team has qualified extremely well today and while we all expected JR to be on the front row, with this being Yuki's first visit to the Indy circuit on a race bike, he has excelled himself. It would be easy to forget that he is still not 100 per cent fit but his natural talent and determination are shining through and more than making up for that.

"Both riders are in with a shout for the podium tomorrow and we will be trying a few small modifications to both bikes in the morning to try and find a few more tenths of a second per lap before the racing starts. It's great to have both riders on the front row and we hope we can follow up our qualifying positions with good results."



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