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Snetterton BSB: 'One of my hardest weekends on the Ducati,' says Bridewell

Despite finishing on the podium in all three British Superbike Championship races at Snetterton, moving up to second overall in the title standings, Tommy Bridewell left the Norfolk venue feeling frustrated as he never quite got the Oxford Products Racing Ducati dialled in to his liking.

Race winner at Donington Park, Bridewell could only manage 12th in qualifying at Snetterton but both he and the team turned it around in the races, taking third on Saturday and in Sunday’s opening encounter race before going one better in the final race of the weekend.
“When we get the bike right, or just how I like it, I can ride it like I did at Donington and how I want to ride.” the Wiltshire rider said after Sunday’s first race when he finished behind Josh Brookes and Glenn Irwin. “But I haven’t felt good on the bike here at Snetterton and haven’t felt in a good position.
“I don’t want to come across as a whinger as the team are working faultlessly and tirelessly but I didn’t have an answer to Josh or Glenn and I pretty much just sat in third place all race. Points are always good, particularly in this short season, but I want to getting 25 not 16.”
Bridewell and Steve Moore’s team made further changes to the Ducati Panigale V4R for the final race and he improved his position to second, thanks to a last corner, last lap move on Christian Iddon, ending the weekend with a total haul of 52 points. But with Irwin winning, he lost further ground to the Ulsterman and now lies 23 points behind albeit in second overall.
“It’s been one of the hardest weekends I’ve had on the Ducati since I got on it but I’m happy enough with the results. I got to the front of the final race and tried to set the pace and conserve my tyres and if anyone came by me, so be it.
“I got duffed up a bit and had to dig deep and put in a hard move on Christian at the end but full credit to Glenn. He set a really good pace that I couldn’t match and his Honda looked really good over the bumps."

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