Tommy Bridewell is under no pressure from Oxford Ducati team boss Steve Moore to get his first win of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike season but the Wiltshire rider is aiming to make that happen this weekend at Brands.
Bridewell sits second in the championship chase after a very consistent opening two rounds and is gaining more and more experience of the Oanigale V4R by standing in for the injured Eugene Laverty at WorldSBK.
The strawberry blonde rider has his sights firmly set on a Showdown place in 2019 and the championship trophy at the end of the season.
“It was disappointing to not get the win at Donington, but it was positive that we were not that far off every win and I would rather finish third or fourth that close to the winner than second and miles off,” said Bridewell.
“I was hoping for more because we have been so close this year so far, but I was happy because it has never clicked for me at Donington before and this year was no exception and we really had to work for it.
I have to be honest if someone said pre-season where would you expect the Ducati to work well I would have said Brands Hatch - so we will see. I think it will be the one to beat although you can’t take anything away from the other manufacturers as Yamaha has been notoriously strong there before.
“Everyone keeps asking me but there is no pressure on me to win. Yes of course that’s the aim for every rider but ultimately I need to be consistent because we need to be in the top six.
“The goal though is very simple - to go to Brands Hatch and win races and I believe that myself and the team can do that. I believe that we have the package to do it and I want to succeed for myself and the team - I want that big trophy at the end of the season.”