Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell left it until the last possible minute to put in his Bennetts British Superbike qualifying lap this afternoon as he was determined not to tow the competition around.
The Devizes rider, whose Panigale V4R is equipped with a titanium Termignoni exhaust this weekend, waited to try and get some clear track but eventally was forced to make his run in the last two minutes.
Bridewell managed to bag second on the grid behind poleman Scott Redding and set a late 1’35s lap.
“Obviously the main target is to be front row. I am a little frustrated as my plan was to go straight to the front and then get some clear track but everyone had that plan,” said Bridewell, speaking at the track.
“I did a pitlane ride-through as I wanted to be on my own but they were all still sacrificing laps to get a tow. They had me against the wall a bit as I saw two minutes to go and I hadn’t done a lap, so I had to go.
“Jason was still trying to get a tow and I did indicate to him either he should go or I would and not just sit on each other.
“The team have done a mega job, I have pushed them hard to give me the best bike possible. We have done a lot of work on the hard tyre so I am looking forward to an interesting fight.”