Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell finally won his first Bennetts British Superbike race of 2019 at Oulton Park this afternoon and says for the first time in his career he is comfortable leading races.
Bridewell sealed his Showdown spot last time out at Cadwell and went into Oulton looking for a big podium credit haul which he achieved even though a technical problem put him out of yesterday’s opener.
The Devizes rider came away with a win and a third and goes into the final three rounds 24 points behind leader Josh Brookes.
“I want the best out of myself 24/7 and sometimes that causes me more harm than good,” said Bridwell.
“I’ve been in this sport a long time but this is the first season where I’m consistently leading races and I feel so comfortable doing it.
When I was sat in about fourth, believe it or not I didn’t feel too good, I thought ‘I’d just kind-of like to be at the front’ and I just had to hold myself back, I had to, because it’s not worked up to now.
“I waited, and then I got past Scott, and I thought I need to just be patient.
“Then I saw unfortunately Josh go down and then I got past Brad and watched my pit board. I knew I couldn’t push any harder.
“Credit to the Oxford Racing Ducati team, they deserve it as they gave me the bike to win! I just want to dedicate it to everyone that supports me day-in, day-out - my family, and sister, everyone back home, my wife, mum and dad, everyone here and most importantly Ollie up above.”