DOUBLE TOP FOR BRIDEWELL AT KNOCKHILL...!
Following on from a victorious return to the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago, Wiltshire rider Tommy Bridewell went one better with a superb double victory at a sun-kissed Knockhill in Scotland today.
Aboard the Team NB Suzuki GSX-R1000K6, the 20-year-old from Etchilhampton near Devizes took the win in the Mirror.co.uk Cup class in the opening race at the Fife circuit after a race long battle with series leader Gary Mason as well as a number of works riders as he posted a sensational ninth place overall on his first visit to the track in three seasons.
But it was in the day's second thirty-lap outing that Bridewell rode one of the best races of his career to record his best result aboard a Superbike in BSB.
Struggling with the leg he broke last year because of the physical demands of the 1.1-mile hillside circuit, Bridewell gradually climbed the leaderboard from just outside the points to close in on the pack that was pursuing the leading trio.
Despite a rear tyre which had spun on the rim, thus affecting the handling, Tommy hunted down Mason with just over a lap to go and became the first person to beat the Quay Garage Honda ace, who leads the Mirror.co.uk Cup, in a straight race this season.
Fittingly, Bridewell finished inside the top ten once more to claim another ninth place finish and importantly, he was the first Suzuki home, meaning he climbed to fifth position in the Cup points and is now inside the top twenty of the main BSB standings after contesting just two rounds of the six run so far.
A delighted Tommy said afterwards: "We only decided to do Knockhill on the back of our Snetterton results and I'm pleased we did as it has been another great meeting. My bike was good today and to be dicing with the likes of works Suzuki riders Michael Rutter and Atsu Watanabe speaks volumes for the job my team has done on the bike. My leg was hurting in race two but all I could hear was old Ginger on the back telling me to push harder and that's exactly what I did. To finish inside the top ten and to win both Cup races is awesome and just goes to show what you can do with a great desire on a budget. One or two of these top teams may be needing a rider after this weekend and I'm most certainly available so perhaps the phone will ring and you never know."
Team Manager Marcus Bridewell commented: "We always knew he could do it and we never lost our faith in him, despite him having a rough year and a half on the continent. He's a great little rider and he's making a number of people sit up and take notice and he wanted those results so bad, it was unbelievable. They checked the bike afterwards and everything was totally legal as there's no way we'd cheat, we never have done and never will do. To win the Cup races is great but we're more interested in taking on the factory boys as that's where Tommy belongs."
-credit: tommy bridewell