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Reynolds takes series lead in BSB

Reynolds takes series lead in BSB

Reynolds takes series lead in BSB

John Reynolds, with a victory and a third place, grabbed the lead in the THINK! British Superbike Championship in the second round at Brands Hatch but the real hero for the massive Easter Monday crowd was Sean Emmett who powered through the pain barrier to win the second race.

The MonsterMob Ducati rider had slammed down heavily on the second lap of the opening race in a tangle with Glen Richards on the fast charge down Paddock Hill. "I got a bit of slide, my feet were off the pegs and I was out of the seat but I thought that I had corrected it, but then Glen Richards cannoned into me," reflected Emmett, putting it down as 'a racing incident.'

He was badly bruised and battered, hardly able to pull his racing gloves on, but bravely, he decided to start the second race from the pole he had won at record breaking pace.

Emmett had grabbed the lead on the second lap from Kagayama, and then held on, just.

"I knew I had to get out front because I was too weak to get involved in any scraps - it was a case of getting the lead as early as possible and then putting in fast laps to keep ahead, trying to be as consistent as I could," continued Emmett.

"I was really sore. In the crash, I had banged my head - maybe knocking a bit of sense in and had also bashed my arm and hand hard so to bounce back from the earlier disappointment this was a great result for me."

The victory, by 0.159seconds from Michael Rutter, with Reynolds third, keeps Emmett in touch with the leaders in the title chase.

Reynolds, gunning for a third crown, had ridden faultlessly on the Rizla Suzuki, to take a comfortable first race victory ahead of the HM Plant Honda Fireblade of Rutter, with Yukio Kagayama, still recovering from the horrific injuries sustained in a racing crash last August, third.

"My bike is going from strength to strength - it is a great bike, and I did it justice in that race," smiled Reynolds, who ran wide when fighting for the lead at the end of the second race and had to settle for third. "I almost had it, but then got a bit tangled up and lost the plot, and there was no way back," he said.

MotoGP, 2004

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