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Fine tuning benefits Rizla Suzuki at Brands Hatch

TOM SYKES and Atsushi Watanabe used today's additional freepractice time, at the rescheduled Brands Hatch GP round, to work onfine tuning their Rizla Suzukis giving them a competitive set-up aheadof tomorrow's Bennetts British Superbike Championship double header.

Soaringtemperatures at the 2.3 mile Kent circuit allowed Rizla Suzuki's racersto make the most of the two 30-minute free practice sessions. Sykesfinished in fifth place, steadily working through changes on both hisRizla Suzuki race bikes. Watanabe came home in 18th on his return tothe challenging track.

Roundone, at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, which was originally scheduled forSunday 6th April will take place tomorrow on Sunday 11th May. The gridwas set from the positions achieved at that event, however both RizlaSuzuki riders have moved up one position on the grid due to the injuredKarl Harris withdrawing from the event, so Sykes will start from fourthplace and Watanabe will line up in eighth.

Raceone will commence on Sunday 11th May at 1315 with race two at 1620;Eurosport 2 will broadcast live from 1300-1430 and from 1515-1700.

Tom:"We worked on different settings on both my Rizla Suzukis during freepractice one, and then married the best bits from each bike into onefor the second session. Overall I'm pleased with the out-come. My RizlaSuzuki technicians have some changes to make before warm-up tomorrowwhich will improve my race set-up even further. Brands Hatch is a toughcircuit and these changes will allow me to push the front end as hardas I need to here."

Atsu:"I know Brands Hatch now, I need to fine tune my Rizla Suzuki and finetune Atsu. The high temperatures have made it more difficult to findgrip, but my Rizla Suzuki technicians have some changes for warm-uptomorrow. I'm looking forward to racing here at last - it will be a bigchallenge."

JackValentine Rizla Suzuki Team Manager: "We've had two productive sessionson track today. We have already visited Brands Hatch this year, so wehave our settings from that event. We also found a good set-up atOulton Park; we've put these together for Tom and with these racesettings I feel very positive for tomorrow. We have a few very smallchanges to make tonight which we will run in morning warm-up.

"Atsualso worked on both his machines today. At the moment he needs a littlemore work on set-up, however his Rizla Suzuki technicians have adirection to go in so we will see an improvement in warm-up."

Grid positions:
1: Shane Byrne (Ducati) 1:25.832
2: Cal Cruthlow (Honda) 1:26.155
3: Leon Haslam (Honda) 1:26.552
5: Leon Camier (Ducati) 1:26.833
6: Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 1:26.926
7: Michael Rutter (Ducati) 1:26.974
9: Michael Laverty (Suzuki) 1:27.937
10: Billy McConnell (Kawasaki) 1:28.206