Tommy Bridewell earned his keep for the Bennetts Suzuki squad on the final day of MCE British Superbike testing at Snetterton.
Fresh from his podium last time out at Brands Hatch, Bridewell continued to show strong on the GSX-R1000 over the two day test, topping the opening session and remaining in the mix throughout, ranking tenth in the overall combined classification.
Most teams packed away and called it a day when the rain came down at lunch on Thursday, but Bridewell was back on track as soon as pit-lane opened and stayed out until the chequered flag was drawn despite downpours of torrential rain.
“It's been a good couple of days for us,” he said after the test. “We have been trying numerous things, and started the test strongly by topping the first session. We tried some different bits throughout the day and actually went in the wrong direction with some of the settings, but that's what testing is for and just means we went back and tried something else, and ended up going faster, so it's all positive.
"We looked at the data last night and made some more adjustments today, and even though we didn't do that many flying laps as we were making some big changes to the bike, we still went faster than yesterday. It was a bit of a shame the rain came, but the wet track time was still beneficial as there's every chance it will be wet at Knockhill. So we made the most of it and now we're ready to get back to the racing."
Bridewell’s team-mate, Ryuichi Kiyonari was absent from the two-day test as he remains in Japan recovering from the broken collarbone he sustained at the last round. It is expected he will return as the series resumes at Knockhill next weekend.