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Reynolds clinches BSB crown

Reynolds clinches BSB crown

Reynolds clinches BSB crown

John Reynolds, with third place in the opening race of the final round at his local Donington Park circuit, clinched the THINK! British Superbike crown.

The Rizla Suzuki rider had gone into the action needing just eight points to ensure he took the country's premier title for a third time, but was under intense pressure in the build up to the action.

"People were congratulating me as though I had won the title, after my winning double at Oulton Park, but there was still a job to be done, and I had to work hard to be focussed on that," Reynolds explained.

He qualified fifth, and in the early stages was running fifth, while upfront Ryuichi Kiyonari, the 21 year old Japanese racer, was dictating terms, ahead of his team-mate Michael Rutter, the only rider who could deny Reynolds the crown.

By one thirds distance, Reynolds was third, and on course for the crown: "it is a fantastic feeling but also one of relief that it is done and dusted. I am delighted for the team, they came close to winning the title four years ago here, now they have it.

"When I crashed at Thruxton and broke my collarbone I thought my chances of the title were gone, but two weeks later I was racing and winning at Brands Hatch – it was not a case of being brave, rather being inspired by Paul and the team.

"I had the best bike and the best team – all three of my titles have been good, all hard to achieve and this has been no exception," said Reynolds.

Kiyonari completed his daily double, again ahead of Rutter, who secured the runners up positions, while Sean Emmett, in his final race for MonsterMob Ducati, took third place from Scott Smart.

Yukio Kagayama, fifth, just from Reynolds, ended the season in third place overall in the standings, while in the Superbike Cup, for independent riders and teams, James Ellison underlined his title success with another winning double

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