Former British superbike champion John Reynolds says he’s delighted with the changes made to his GSX-R1000 after testing at Almeria in Spain this week.
Reynolds, who is the star attraction at the opening day of the MCN London Motorcycle Show on Saturday, January 31, rode the 2004 bike back to back with his 2003 racer.The new specification Rizla Suzuki has new Ohlins gas-charged forks and a new rear shock, new Afam sprockets, a revised factory engine specification, new Q8 Oils SBK Racing oil, new electronic components, new SBS Dual Carbon brake pads and the latest Dunlop tyres. The bike had been set-up after both JR and team test and development rider Niall Mackenzie spent the previous two days testing parts in isolation
Reynolds said: "I couldn't have asked for a better start to 2004. There's still a long way to go before the first race at Silverstone but if we can continue to make progress like this, then we are going to have a very competitive bike when the season starts on March 28."
Team mate Yukio Kagayama, who is currently at home in Japan, will be testing at the Suzuki factory's test track during February, before returning to the UK in time for the next Rizla Suzuki test session.
The team will then test at Valencia in Spain on March 1, 2, 6 and 7, before coming back to the UK to continue development at Donington on March 14, Silverstone on March 17 and Oulton Park on March 23.
The season starts at Silverstone on March 28.