Latest Showdown recruit Tommy Bridewell has admitted he tried to force it in today’s second race after Josh Brookes powered past him – but was unable to bridge the gap.
The Oxford Racing Ducati rider had led the race from the start, but was powerless to stop his Be Wiser Ducati rival from getting away from him once he’d made his move for the lead with six laps to go and the Devizes man was forced to settle for second.
“I tried to force it in that race, I’ve tried everything at the minute but those guys have just got a little bit more,” he said.
“I had a go and I’m not too disappointed because to be honest, I couldn’t have ridden that bike any harder around here today. We struggled all weekend a little bit, these guys genuinely just seemed to hit the ground running but we always come good on race day.
“I didn’t feel great in morning warm up, but we made a brave change for race one which felt better and then made another brave change for race two which allowed me to get away at the front.
“When Josh passed me at the end of the back straight I wondered if I should attack him straight away again or just see where he was stronger. In sectors one and two I was all over him but I lost too much over the mountain and that’s what hampered me.”
Now sitting third in the championship and having sealed his place in the Showdown, Bridewell believes that first victory is tantalisingly close
“I am frustrated not to have won the race but you know, it can’t be much closer that first win,” he said. “It certainly hasn’t been for the want of trying. It will come.
“All in all I’ll take a third and second, I’m confirmed for the Showdown now which is good so let’s just go to Oulton in a few weeks and see what happens.”