BSB: Showdown spot still the aim for Bridewell

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Tommy Bridewell has said he is still targeting a spot in the top six showdown despite a tough weekend at Brands Hatch leaving him with a mountain to climb.

Bridewell had front-running pace throughout the weekend at the Kent circuit and fell out of what would have been at least a third-place finish in the opening race, before a brake problem in race two saw him retire to the pits.

The Bennetts Suzuki rider is now 40 points off a top six spot, but with five races still remaining including two at Cadwell Park this weekend, a place in the showdown is not an insurmountable challenge for the West Countryman.

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A positive two-evening test at Cadwell Park earlier this month leaves him confident ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday’s races.  

“I’m confident going into every round, but a little more so coming into this weekend," he said. “We had a good test here and tried a few different bits with the bike. We had fairly limited track time, and being evenings the conditions weren’t quite like the ones we’ll be racing in, but we got a good feeling for things and worked on a bit of a base setting for this weekend.

“The Showdown is still the target. It’s a shame, because at Brands we had a third place, at least, in the bag in race one, and could have battled for another podium in race two. Those results would have put us right in the mix. Now, we’ve made life difficult for ourselves, but we also have no pressure and nothing to lose. There’s no ‘keeping it upright and taking the points’. We have five races, starting this weekend, to get into the Showdown, and we need to be fighting for the podium in all of them.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing