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Reynolds breaks leg. Smart debuts with Rizla Suzuki - February 18th 2005

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    RIZLA SUZUKI British Superbike Champion John Reynolds broke his right leg during testing at Valencia in Spain today while his team mate Scott Smart made a successful debut on the GSX-R1000K5.

    JR was nearing the end of his first day of testing on the all-new GSX-R1000K5 when he slid off at turn six of the 4.005km long Valencia circuit. He has broken the Tibia and Fibula in his right leg. He was transferred to Valencia General Hospital where he is now receiving treatment.

    New team racer Smart enjoyed his first day riding for Rizla Suzuki and is looking forward to continuing with the final day of the test tomorrow.

    Scott Smart:

    "We spent most of my first day with Rizla Suzuki getting the GSX-R1000 to fit me. It is a tiny bike and was set up for a smaller rider, so we moved the handlebars, seat and footpegs quite a bit and I am much more comfortable now.

    "We made some significant changes to the suspension this afternoon and by the time we had that sorted I was pretty tired and we decided to call it a day. It means I have a bike with a good base setting that I am looking forward to riding tomorrow.

    "I am gutted for JR breaking his leg. I know the team are sorting out the best medical care possible for him and I wish him a very speedy recovery."

    Robert Wicks, team manager:

    "We are marshalling every resource we have to make sure JR makes as quick a recovery as possible. Right now we are consulting with the hospital doctors and viewing X-rays to determine the best treatment for him.

    "Scott had a very productive day and we have sent him to bed early - as our only rider on track tomorrow, he's going to have his work cut out getting through everything that needs to be tested. The whole Rizla Suzuki squad has dug deep today through some difficult circumstances and I am proud of every single person."