Halsall Kawasaki have released Tommy Bridewell only weeks after the Wiltshire signed for the team, securing them two podium finishes in his eleventh hour charge to make the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown.
However, he failed to secure his title fighter spot at Donington Park despite a podium finish, with a race one mechanical failure ruling out any chance of a top six spot.
In a statement released by team boss Martin Halsall on Facebook, the team seem to suggest that other offers for Bridewell on both a home and international stage has created a potential conflict of interests for him, leading to their decision to withdraw support.
“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of Tommy Bridewell over the recent BSB rounds. He is an extremely talented rider, who has truly demonstrated the capability of our bikes and proved that we are contenders for the championship in 2014. While I am encouraged by our performances, I have had to evaluate the situation carefully following discussions with Tommy. Our overnight success with two recent podiums has effectively elevated Tommy and his value as a rider in both the domestic and world stage, to the point where he has received potential offers to ride for other teams.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision and wish Tommy every success in whatever option he chooses to take for the future. He has proved his capability and I am sure that he has evaluated his options to ensure he has the best opportunity for future success. I would like to extend my thanks to him personally for the success he has achieved with the team over the last few rounds.”
Halsall also confirmed that the team plans to continue to run a two-rider team for 2014, with current rider Lee Costello staying with the Bolton-based squad.
MCN spoke to Bridewell, who said that despite not being in a position to speak at present, he hopes to be able to help clarify the situation within the coming days.
With a number of high-profile injuries and rider departures at World Championship level, rumours have already begun linking Bridewell to the seat vacated at PBM MotoGP by Yonny Hernandez and with Cresent Suzuki in WSB, after Leon Camier was ruled out of the next few rounds of the championship by injury.