John Reynolds returns to racing!
John Reynolds returns to both racing and classic racing at Endurance Legends!
TFor more details of the main event, head to: www.eelc.eu while for the event itself visit: www.endurancelegends.com
he weekend of May 12-13, 2018, at Donington Park will see fans’ favourite and multiple British champion John Reynolds make his return to classic race action. Return? Aye… JR first got into racing riding his dad Jack’s Velocette back in the 1980s and loves his classics: he once owned a Honda CB900F which he bought BEFORE he passed his big bike test. Not only did John win the 1992, 2001 and 2004 British Superbike titles on Kawasaki, Ducati and Suzuki machinery he even took the wibbly-wobbly Kawasaki ZZ-R600 to the 1990 UK Supersport title! JR will be joining Team Classic Suzuki at the Endurance Legends 4-Hour, which takes place at Donington Park on May 12-13. The team made its endurance racing debut at last year’s event and qualified sixth on the grid with Steve Parrish, Michael Neeves, and James Whitham racing an iconic Katana, but the debut was shortlived after Whit crashed on the opening lap – leaving the bike too badly damaged to continue. Again supported by Suzuki GB’S Vintage Parts Programme, the team hoped to return to Donington Park with its original rider line-up, but unfortunately Whit will be unable to race, meaning JR will be the lucky man filling his slot. Reynolds says: “It should be James that’s on the bike at Donington Park really. The team had talked to me about me riding the bike later in the year, but hopefully he’ll be back on it at another round. I’m really fired up for it and excited about riding the bike. When you retire from racing you never realise how much you’ll miss it. I’ve not raced competitively since, so I’ll 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.” The main event will once more be the 4-Hour endurance race for the sexy bikes built before 1986 as part of the second round of the new European Endurance Legend Cup. Other big names include the legendary ‘Too Tal Tel’ himself, Terry Rymer. The former British champ, world endurance champ and rider of everything from 500cc Grand Prix bikes to World Superbikes will be taking part in the various parades on track and signing autographs for fans. With the 4-Hour race being the big spectacle, there will also be the Lansdowne Classic Series for pre-1963, 350 and 500cc machines and the GP Originals – for 1970s and 1980s 250 and 350cc two-stroke pure race machines. Adding to the track fun will be numerous parades and track sessions for any pre-1995 modern classics. The weekend sees no fewer than THREE big Suzuki anniversaries in the paddock, for the GS1000, X7 and RGV250 as well as club displays, a trade village and the ‘Try a Classic’ rides on the Melbourne Loop.
Top bloke and former classic bike racer John Reynolds!
Oh yeah! Michael Neeves on the Kat.