Bennetts Suzuki’s Tommy Bridewell bounced back from the disappointment of crashing-out of yesterday’s opening race at the Oulton Park MCE British Superbike Championship by racing his GSX-R1000 to third place in today’s second race.
Bridewell, who arrived at round nine of the series still harbouring ambitions of a place in the series Showdown, was unlucky to fall from fourth place in the first of the weekend’s three races after qualifying on the front row.
However, after a strong sixth-place finish in race two – despite suffering the after effects of yesterday’s crash – the Wiltshire rider took an impressive third place in the final race of the meeting, ending a frustrating weekend on a high note and further underlining the potential of the Bennetts Suzuki team and the GSX-R1000 package.
Tommy Bridewell: I want a win before the year is out
“We’ve had a bike capable of finishing on the podium in all three races this weekend to be honest, and it’s a credit to the team who have put so much effort in and built a brand new bike for today after yesterday’s crash. It’s been a real struggle for me on the bike today as I’ve been really sore and stiff. It was difficult to move around and difficult to get the bike to turn. I really struggled in the first race today but I was a little better in race two and a bit more relaxed, and it was good to give the team a podium after the effort they’ve put in. We’re not in the Showdown, and now we can just enjoy riding our bike in every session before the end of the season, but I want to put the bike on the top-step of the podium before the year’s out.”
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKikos