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BSB leader Tommy Bridewell steadies himself with Cadwell Park fight back

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Tommy Bridewell, BeerMonster Ducati, Paul Bird Motorsport, Ducati Panigale V4, 2023 BSB, Cadwell Park, action [credit - Tim Keeton Impact Images]

British Superbike Championship points leader Tommy Bridewell was relieved to regain both points and confidence with victory in the final race of the weekend at Cadwell Park as he ended a lean spell of form with a return to the podium.

The BeerMonster Ducati rider bounced back from what had been a fairly anonymous weekend in the run up to Monday’s final encounter with a gritty win over team-mate Glenn Irwin.

Indeed, while Irwin celebrated wins in the opening two races, Bridewell struggled to make progress from modest starting position to leave him with only a pair of fifth place results.


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However, he took advantage of his second row starting position in the final race to claw his way towards the front of the field before pouncing on Irwin for the lead and ultimately the win with four laps remaining.

A much needed return to form for Bridewell after a torrid weekend at Thruxton prior to Cadwell Park, he was relieved to come away having restored some authority by its conclusion.

“It has been a really tough weekend, which I didn’t expect,” he saw after race three. “Thruxton I knew would be tough, but I have not felt that great on the bike all weekend, so to fight back and finish the weekend with the win is all I can ask for. 

“When the bike was correct and enjoyable to ride then I could bounce back to the win. Glenn has hit the ground running, it took us a while to catch up but we got there in the end.”

With the next two events at Oulton Park and Donington Park marking a return to the traditional points’ scoring system of recent years, Bridewell says he is looking forward to getting back to both a familiar format and familiar territory.

“I think myself and Glenn have had consistent race-winning pace all year. I’m looking forward to going back to normal points scoring, though with Thruxton and this weekend it is working to my favour so I’m not losing as many points as I should have.

“Looking forward to getting to Oulton, Doinington and Brands, I have won at all of these circuits before and just honestly the one goal is to become British champion this year.”

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