Tommy Bridewell has said that he is struggling at Donington Park with the new Kawasaki, having encountered an electrical glitch that could have been “ironed out” in testing, had it not been wet. The former Halsall Bennetts Suzuki man was 20th at the end of FP2 yesterday, over a second and a half off top rider and fellow Kawasaki man, Leon Haslam. Tommy does however remain optimistic that he can be at the sharp end come race day.
“The feeling with the bike is OK. We’ve just unfortunately come across a little electrical glitch, which has held us back massively today”, said the 28-year-old Wiltshireman, looking to return to the showdown this season.
Tommy continued, saying, “It’s all about understanding the way the electronics work on the bike. I have no issues with the chassis, it’s just trying to get our heads on top of the electronics and then we’ll be alright”.
He is one of a few riders to have ridden five makes of machinery on the grid, making him one of the most versatile riders on the grid and with this talent, he remains hopeful of a decent result on Sunday, should they get the electrical issue sorted.
I’m riding at a level where I’m about to crash and I’m not fast so once we fix the problem that we have then I can see myself being a totally different rider tomorrow. Get on top of it overnight, start again Saturday. We will keep our head down and do our own thing and be there come race day”.
Team WD40 will be looking to Tommy to bring them their first ever British Superbike podium, having dominated British Supersport last season with Tarran Mackenzie.
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko