Reid, riding for new team Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki, came home clear of Supersport rookies Tarran Mackenzie and Mason Law to make a dream debut on the ZX-6R.
It was James Westmoreland, making his return to the class, who grabbed the lead from the off, but Carrick’s Andrew Irwin (Macadam Yamaha) quickly took over before Law enjoyed his stint at the front.
However, Reid was on the move and hit the front on lap four, putting in a series of fast laps to edge away as he eventually broke the tow of the chasing pack, crossing the line to win by 3.7s from Mackenzie.
“It feels really good to win the first race of the year and pick up from where I left off last season. The whole team have worked really hard all weekend and we’ve reaped the rewards whilst I feel like I rode a smart race,” said a delighted Reid.
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“I didn’t make the greatest of starts but I didn’t get flustered when a few riders came by and even though I dropped back to fourth, I sat there for a couple of laps just to suss everything out.
“Once the race had settled down I made my move and brought the bike home so hopefully this is the first win of many in 2016,” added Reid, who missed the remainder of the 2015 season through injury, crashing in race two at Oulton Park after he had sealed his maiden British Supersport success in the opening race.
“Coming back from injury makes it even sweeter so a big thanks to everyone that’s kept the faith in me.”