Reynolds on verge of sealing title

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John Reynolds has set his heart on securing a third British Superbike Championship title in winning style at Donington Park tomorrow.

John Reynolds has set his heart on securing a third British Superbike Championship title in winning style at Donington Park tomorrow.

Reynolds realistically needs only to finish both races to clinch the crown, with a healthy 43-point cushion over his only challenger, Michael Rutter.

But caution is not on Reynolds' agenda and he plans to finish the season with a flourish. The Rizla Suzuki rider said: "I want to win the title from the front, like a true champion - that is what racing is all about."

Reynolds scored his first double win of the season in the previous round at Oulton Park and also virtually ensured that he will be riding for the team again next season - his fourth campaign with Suzuki.

"Obviously, I would love to continue racing for Suzuki, but I don't really want to discuss it at this stage. My focus is on winning the title."

Rutter is keeping thoughts of the winning the Championship out of his mind in the build-up to the final races, but the HM Plant Honda rider is aiming for two victories this weekend, which is all he can do to keep his chances alive.

Rutter said: "I'm going to Donington Park with the same attitude that I have had for every race this season.

"I'm focusing on the races and letting the Championship take care of itself. Obviously, John has got a massive advantage over me ahead of the final round and I have got to face up to the reality of the situation.

"I enjoy riding at Donington so I'll be hoping to add to my tally of race wins for the year."

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