The sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship took place this weekend at the Snetterton 300 Circuit. Tommy Bridewell and the Oxford Racing Ducati team had a small crash out of the lead in race one and achieved a great podium in third for race two.
It was a tough weekend for the Bridewell family as it marked the 12th anniversary of the loss of Tommy’s brother, Ollie. In an emotional qualifying session Tommy put the Ducati on the front row dedicating it to his late brother.
Tommy got a good start in race one and was lying fourth after the opening lap. He was soon making progress setting fastest laps and making some good passes on Mackenzie, Brookes and Redding for the lead. He led the race for several laps and was setting good times but unfortunately he tucked to front at Agostini on lap eight and crashed out thankfully unhurt.
He set the fastest lap of the race and therefore started from pole position for race two, another good start saw Tommy up at the sharp end. He was battling with Josh Brookes and Scott Redding for a podium place. He just was not able to make a pass for the win and secured another third place. We finished the race with an 18 second gap to fourth place!!
Tommy is still lying second place in the Championship standings.
Tommy Bridewell : “I’ve got mixed emotions. Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself and the team to get wins. Podiums are mega in BSB and it’s not easy to get them. As a racer you always want more.
I’m disappointed for race one as I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong but the data shows I was pushing a bit too hard and I lost the front. I had great pace and a really good feeling with the bike.
In race two I just feel we didn’t have that extra bit to push with Josh and Scott. I wanted to up my pace at the end but I lost front feeling and didn’t want to push too hard and risk crashing again so I’ll happily take another podium.
I’m disappointed to come away with only 16 points but we’re in a good position for the Championship and the showdown and the team have done a fantastic job. We just have to keep making steps forward and be more patient and hopefully we can challenge for that win at Thruxton!”
Iain Hopcroft - Team Manager:
"The team did a fantastic job this weekend, we had a good set up with the bike and Tommy had fire in his belly, I am gutted we didn’t claim our win in race one but our time will come and I am so thankful for your support".