Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell leaves Silverstone sitting third in the championship - and admits it’s been a strong finish to a weekend which started in the worst possible way.
Bridewell was knocked off his V4 Panigale during Friday’s free practice and the team was left with a bill totalling thousands of pounds as they rushed to rebuild his machine in time for Saturday’s track action.
But the Devizes rider and the team were celebrating what became an almost perfect start to the season as he bagged a fifth in race one and backed it up with a fourth in the second to move into third place in the points.
“We leave here third in the championship and overall it’s been very good, a very strong weekend for us,” he told Bikesport News “Friday was the last thing we needed, especially this early in the season but like Wilf says, in some aspects it’s better to have it now. We bounced back, that’s the main thing.
“It’s even better for me because this circuit doesn’t quite suit my riding style but the bike certainly made it a lot easier for me. It is a great bike, the chassis is very good, we have a strong engine now - no different to anyone else’s, we don’t have any advantage or anything – we’re just in the same ball park.
“We’re now going into circuits which are a little bit more suited to me, more BSB style circuits so I’m looking forward to it I must admit. It’s been a good weekend in the grand scheme of things and we certainly can’t grumble coming away with third in the points.”