BSB: Showdown still in sight for Bridewell

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Bennetts Suzuki’s Tommy Bridewell is still in with a shout of a showdown spot after a strong weekend at Cadwell Park.

A disastrous time last time out at Brands Hatch left Bridewell’s showdown dreams in tatters after he failed to finish both races despite showing a clear podium pace, but the Devizes rider bounced back at Cadwell to take two top five finishes.

Bridewell is now 31 points off seventh-placed James Ellison with 75 points up for grabs with three races at Oulton Park next weekend. While it’s a big ask, it’s not an insurmountable challenge for Bridewell to make it into the showdown for the third year running.    


“The results this weekend actually make Brands an even bigger disappointment, because a worst of third in race one there and a top five and maybe even another podium in race two, would have meant we’d be in the Showdown now or very close to it after these results,” he said. 

“I’m happy with the way I’m riding, and credit to the team because they’ve worked really hard to go from a disappointing start to the season to front-runners. The bike’s mega; chassis and setup wise, I think we’ve got one of the best out there, and you can see that on TV with how late we can brake and the corner speed we’re able to carry. I passed people on the outside at the end of the back straight into Park, I’m that confident with the package we have put together. The area we just need to work on is getting out of the corners. But we’ve now got just three races to make the Showdown. It would have been nice to have been on the podium today, and I could have done with beating [Peter] Hickman in the last race, but we had a lot of Showdown contenders behind us, and hopefully we can get three good results and a bit of good luck at Oulton to get ourselves in there.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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