John Reynolds goes into the double race finale to the THINK! British Superbike Championship at his local Donington Park circuit needing just eight points to secure the country's premier crown for the third time in his
career.

The Rizla Suzuki rider powered ahead of his rival Michael Rutter with a seasonal first winning double in the previous round at Oulton Park, to open up a 43 points advantage, but Reynolds from nearby Nottingham is not
thinking about riding tactically for points.

"I want to win the title from the front, like a true champion - that is what racing is all about," smiled Reynolds, who has tasted the victor's champagne
on seven occasions already, but none was sweeter than that he earned at the Cheshire circuit.

"That was my first winning double for a long time, and it could not have come better - I was hungry there - I want the championship, that is what racing is all about, but, the week between that round and Donington will seem an awful long time," admitted Reynolds.

Rutter, riding the HM Plant Honda, trailed Reynolds home in both races at the penultimate round and is almost resigned to having to settle for second best in the title stakes.

"John will have to make a big mistake to lose the
title now, but, in this sport anything can happen," said Rutter.

He is intent on a winning end to the season, to show what might have been, and for these races is expected to be joined in the team not only by series regular Ryuichi Kiyonari but also Karl Harris, who retained the British
Supersport title for a second year. The Sheffield rider graduates in Superbikes with Honda next season and will be given a taste of the Fireblade's power at the Leicestershire grand prix circuit.

His presence will add spice to the front-running pack in which Yukio Kagayama, aboard the second Rizla Suzuki and Scott Smart on the Hawk Kawasaki continue their duel for third place in the overall standings, with Sean Emmett still in with a chance of heading them both off if he can add to his two race victories in his sign-off appearance with the MonsterMob Ducati team.

Emmett, among others, is keen for strong showings with next season in mind, and that could provide some classic confrontations.

James Haydon, drafted into the Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha squad at the time of Steve Plater's injury, is long overdue a second victory of the season, while Plater himself needs a positive showing.

James Ellison, the 23 year old Cumbrian rider, is already assured of the Superbike Cup - the series within the main championship for independent teams and riders - but, before he jets away to ride in the final rounds of the World MotoGP Championship, he is keen to add another couple of victories, at the expense of local rider Jon Kirkham from Derby.

 

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