Silverstone: Tommy Bridewell Sunday report

Top Twenty for Bridewell at Silverstone World Superbikes Tyco Racing rider Tommy Bridewell battled against the odds to record a pair of top twenty finishes in today's British round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship at ...

Top Twenty for Bridewell at Silverstone World Superbikes

Tyco Racing rider Tommy Bridewell battled against the odds to record a pair of top twenty finishes in today's British round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship at Silverstone.

Aboard the 2007 Honda Fireblade with backing from new sponsors Tyco Security Products, the 21-year-old from Etchilhampton near Devizes in Wiltshire battled against the world's best and had to overcome a number of suspension issues which meant he could only record a row six start for today's two 18-lap races.

However the team worked hard to overcome their problems and started to progress, meaning Bridewell took to the grid this morning in positive mood hoping for a good result.

In the early stages of race one, Bridewell battled with former double British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, eventually getting the better of the Japanese rider as well as a number of other factory World Superbike regulars. Going into the final stages of the race Bridewell moved into the top twenty but any hopes of claiming a position further up the leaderboard were dashed when the Honda ran out of fuel on the final corner. Nevertheless, Bridewell got a resounding ovation from the bumper crowd meaning his efforts were appreciated by the British fans.

In the second race Bridewell got a better start and was circulating just outside the points when on lap three an electronic problem meant he dropped back down the leaderboard but with a determined ride, claimed his best ever World Superbike result with 18th place.

Bridewell and his team are now focusing on the next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship which takes place at Brands Hatch next weekend and have been boosted by the knowledge that Tyco will remain as title sponsor for that meeting.

Tommy Bridewell: "I think it's the hardest I have ever worked at a race meeting in all of my career. We were chasing set up with the front suspension whilst trying to learn a brand new circuit and competing against bikes which were so much faster than ours, so to come away with two top twenty results is fantastic. I have to say a massive thanks to both my team and our sponsors, Tyco, and it has been a wonderful experience to have them on board and hopefully we can reward them with a decent result at Brands Hatch. Our focus is British Superbikes this year, we have learned so much from this weekend, and hope that will stand us in good stead for a good result next weekend."

Ian Woollacott, team owner: "A pair of top twenty placings in a World Championship event for our little team is amazing and just goes to show what can be done. Tommy's done a great job, as witnessed by the fantastic crowd's reaction, so we are hoping to take a lot out of this meeting and see what we can do at Brands Hatch. It's been a crazy week getting everything together but hopefully our sponsors, Tyco, have enjoyed their first experience of top class motorcycle racing and we look forward to welcoming them back at Brands Hatch."

-source: Tyco Racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Tommy Bridewell , Ryuichi Kiyonari