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Reynolds chases double BSB repeat at Mondello Park

Reynolds chases double BSB repeat at Mondello Park

Reynolds chases double BSB repeat at Mondello Park

John Reynolds heads into the fifth round of the THINK! British Superbike Championship at Mondello Park on Sunday 23 May with one thought in mind - an action replay of his double success at the Irish circuit in the corresponding races of last year.

The Rizla Suzuki rider has the advantage, by 18 points in the chase for the crown, but is under increasing pressure both from the HM Plant Honda Fireblade rider Michael Rutter and his own team-mate Yukio Kagayama.

The Japanese former MotoGP ace, who took a winning double in the previous round, in each race at Oulton Park grabbing the lead in the closing stages from Reynolds, returns to action having undergone further surgery as part of the lengthy recovery from the critical injuries he sustained in a crash at Cadwell Park last August.

Kagayama is a hard charging, exciting rider, and with clearly no team orders, is all out for more victories, and that could make life difficult for Reynolds who is battling to take the premier crown for a third time. The Nottingham rider has not finished outside the top three, and has won three of the eight races so far, in his table-topping performance.

However, there have been four different winners so far, and the rest are catching up fast. Rutter, the winner of the first race, has also not finished off the podium yet. His determination is high, best illustrated by a brilliant ride through the pack last time out when a technical problem forced him to start from the back of the grid but he still took third place.

Sean Emmett is also desperate to get back on the winning trail – the MonsterMob Ducati rider is having a lean time, with his sole victory coming at Brands Hatch. He is slipping behind in the points, and goes into this event knowing that he has to hit double top to have any chance of reeling in the points leaders.

Qualifying is on Saturday 22 May, with the races at 1215h and 1515h on Sunday.

MotoGP, 2004

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