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Tommy Bridewell nails down BSB title favourite status with Brands Hatch double

Tommy Bridewell, Paul Bird Motorsport, BeerMonster Ducati, 2023 BSB, Brands Hatch GP, Paul BIrd Motorsport, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Tommy Bridewell’s grip on this year’s British Superbike Championship tightened at Brands Hatch with the BeerMonster Ducati scoring two more victories to raise his tally to six.

It continues a run of fine form for Devizes rider, Bridewell having now won five of the most recent six races, putting him 34.5 points clear of team-mate Glenn Irwin.

It also strengthens the Paul Bird Motorsport-run BeerMonster Ducati's hopes of landing a first BSB title since 2020 as Bridewell puts 77 points between himself and OMG Yamaha's Kyle Ryde.


Though there’s still plenty of the season still to run with 15 races remaining, and the opportunity for his rivals to score bigger points at the final three rounds and claw back the deficit, Bridewell's Brands Hatch victories, together with his triple success at Snetterton, consolidates his status as the title favourite.

“It’s been a great weekend in all aspects,” said Bridewell after his second win of the weekend. “To win one BSB race is an achievement so to win two in a day and five out of the last six shows how confident I am and how I feel within myself, with the bike and with the team.”

The success is clear vindication of team boss Paul Bird’s decision to hire him with the Wiltshire rider now having racked up 13 podiums from the 18 races to take place so far. That’s three more than anyone else and with regular victories now added to his usual consistency.

“I’m really proud of what we’re doing at the moment. I’m thinking more about what I’m doing which is allowing me to analyse more, understand more, and learn more and all of that combined is helping me go faster.”

“In the final race, I knew Glenn would be there with me and thought he may have passed me. When he didn’t, I knew what he was up to and although I couldn’t get a gap, I felt so good on the last lap that I didn’t feel the need to defend.

"I knew if I hit all my acceleration points, braking markers etc, I’d be able to lap in the low 26’s and if anyone came by, there was no way they’d be able to stop!”

“It’s testament to the hard work we’re doing on Friday and Saturday that I could hold him off. We’ve adopted a different approach these last couple of rounds and it’s all about maintaining the good momentum we have.”

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