New Bennetts British Superbike Championship leader Tommy Bridewell has revealed changes made to his Oxford Racing Ducati helped power him to second place in race two.
After grabbing third in today’s wet opening race at Brands Hatch, the Devizes rider was keen for a dry race to test out the team’s latest tweak – and was thrilled to find it made a huge difference as he stormed to second in race two.
Yet even though his two podiums have propelled him 14 points clear of Scott Redding at the top of the points tables, he also admits he wanted a win.
“I wasn’t thinking championship in that last one, I was thinking about the win but I was also thinking I might end up pulling myself out of the gravel,” he chuckled. “But I am actually really happy with that result because we’ve been suffering a little bit.
“Towards the end of the race at Donington I kept losing the rear and we still were at the start of this weekend so we made quite a big change after qualifying.
“I wanted to try it in warm up but it was wet and then race one was wet, so race two was the time we got to test it and it was a lot better. All in all, the race was actually a real positive step for me with the bike.”
Bridewell may have left Brands in control of the points, but he still feels he needs to find a little something extra if he is start beating the factory duo of Redding and Josh Brookes on track – although he isn’t afraid to admit at this point, he doesn’t know what that is.
“I don’t quite know if I’m honest, I can’t quite put my finger on what I’m missing and I think it’s quite obvious that there’s kind of nothing. It’s strange. If the positions were different, I don’t think he could’ve passed me.
“The problem is I was behind him, on the limit. Maybe I had a little bit more pace because I did come from a second and a half back and catch him relatively strong but we’ll see, see what we can do.
“I think racing on the world stage is helping me because to be honest, I’ve not been to the gym or running or cycling or anything for probably a month and a half now purely because I physically have not time because I’ve just been riding motorbikes.
“I’ve never felt so good on a motorbike so for that its mega. I have to be a bit sensible and not burn myself out so we’ll see. Got a really busy schedule and we’ll just take it as it comes.”