John Reynolds to race again

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Three-times British Superbike Champion, John Reynolds, is dusting off his leathers and will be taking to the track again this year. Standing in for James Whitham in the Team Classic Suzuki squad, JR will race the Katana at the Endurance Legends four-hour race at Donington Park on May 13 alongside Steve Parrish and MCN’s Michael Neeves.


“I’m really fired up for it and excited about riding the bike,” said Reynolds. “When you retire from racing you never realise how much you’ll miss it. I’ve not raced competitively since, so will be training to be in good shape for the race. It’s a bit of fun but at the same time it’s competitive. It’s a real honour to be asked back to race for Suzuki. I’ve not ridden a race bike in anger in a long time, but I’m looking forward to it and will do the best I can.”

"It's a beautifully prepared bike..."

After two outings on Team Classic Suzuki’s Katana last year I’m really starting to enjoy this classic endurance racing malarkey," said MCN's Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves. "We almost finished on the podium at the final round at Aragon, and I’m really excited to be riding for the team again at Donington. Not only do I get to race one of the most beautifully prepared bikes on the grid, I’ve two of the best riders the UK has been ever seen as teammates. I can’t wait.”

"Hopefuly it will be a slightly longer race this time..."

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike. I actually only did a few laps on it last year as I missed the test, and probably only did about eight laps in a wet practice session. But I really enjoyed riding it," said Steve Parrish. "There were some areas I wanted to improve, so it’ll be good for us all to have a proper test on it, as I’ll be starting from scratch a little bit. But I’m looking forward to it; to a good test, and hopefully a slightly longer race this time. I know James would have liked to have been back on it, and hopefully we’ll see him back soon, but it’ll also be good to share the bike with John Reynolds for the weekend.”


For more information on the Endurance Legends event, which takes place at Donington Park on May 12-12, click here.

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Jon Urry

By Jon Urry

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