Joint Bennetts British Superbike series leader Tommy Bridewell bagged points in his first-ever WorldSBK race at Imola today as he stood-in for the crockd Eugene Laverty in the Goeleven Ducati team.
Bridewell has ridden at the parkland track before but back in the late 2000s on a Supersport bike with Lorini and he said the Superbike is ‘a lot different’.
“I said on the way over that to make it a successful weekend, we needed plenty of laps in free practice three and the same in qualifying,” Bridewell told bikesportnews.com at the track.
“We only got one lap in FP3, so that was a problem, and then in Superpole it was start/stop with the red flags so it wasn’t the easiest session, then we were straight into the race.
If I look at my pace, I have to be happy. I’m here to do a job for the team and Ducati, I’m grateful they thought of me. I need a couple of safe races and what kind of fucked me in that race was I was too timid at the start.”
Bridewell is currently topping the BSB points table with his Oxford Ducati team and had that position in mind when he charged down to Tamburello for the first time.
“They were banging off each other and in England I’d have been up for it but here if I get poleaxed or poleaxe someone, it’s not good for the BSB chances.
“t’s a bit of a double-edged sword. I have to use my head. Once it had settled, I was following Barbera, caught and passed him, then I saw Kiyonari and passed him after learning a little bit.
“At that point I needed to be up with Cortese and Torres but they’d gone because of the start. I’m happy.”
He eventually finished in 12th place and has two more, potentially wet, races tomorrow.