John Reynolds re­turns to rac­ing!

John Reynolds re­turns to both rac­ing and clas­sic rac­ing at En­durance Leg­ends!

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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.

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