Tommy Bridewell has revealed he used this afternoon’s rain-hit Bennetts British Superbike session to test ‘radical’ changes to his Oxford Racing Ducati.
The Devizes swearbox topped the timesheets in a session which was cut short as conditions worsened at the Lincolnshire track.
While more than half the field opted to sit the session out, Bridewell was more than happy to hit the track, as it gave him the opportunity to test several new wet weather tweaks which the team has been working on.
“It was okay actually because although we expect the weather for the rest of the weekend to be dry, we really wanted to try a few things today,” he told Bikesport News.
“We have made some quite radical changes to our usual wet setting and we just wanted to get some track time and confirm a few different things.
“It was a shame the weather became so much worse there at the end because we’d have liked to have got a few more laps in those conditions.”
Bridewell’s best wet lap of 1’40.223s may have been the best of the session, but he was quick to point out it could prove to be pointless if the rest of the weekend is dry as is forecast.
“To be honest, finishing the day first when it’s been as wet as that doesn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but it has been useful.
“For me, I think at this point, every session is a valuable learning curve. We are still learning, the V4 is still new and even though we were strong in the early part of the season we are constantly working hard for more.
We’re all still learning about the bike so the more sessions we get, the more time we spend out there the better. Be it wet or dry, it all helps.
“Obviously, if we end up getting two wet races on Sunday we are going to be in a very strong position. It hasn’t been the best of days with the weather and things, but the good thing is that we now have some experience out there in these conditions and it’s not a bad way to end the first day here.”