Tommy Bridewell will race Ducati’s new V4 R for the new look Oxford Racing Ducati squad in the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship.
After a stellar end to the 2018 campaign saw Bridewell finish on the podium four times in the final seven races to clinch the Riders’ Cup trophy for finishing the best-placed non-showdown rider, the Devizes ace will remain with Steve Moore’s MotoRapido squad as they re-brand having secured a new title sponsorship deal with Oxford Products.
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“I was at a point in the middle of this year where it looked as though my career was f**ked,” Bridewell told MCN. “I had been sacked by Halsall Racing and last year wasn’t great either, but luckily Wilf at MotoRapido gave me a chance and everything just clicked for us. The team work in a very similar way to me, we give 100% and wear our hearts on our sleeve.
“To stay with them next year puts me in one of the best positions I’ve ever been in to fight at the front in BSB. I believe I have the bet guys in my corner to get Ducati’s new V4 working on the MoTeC BSb electronics. Wilf is so clever with all that, he’s already been working on it for a month or so which is great as that will definitely be our biggest challenge with the new bike.”
“You’ve only got to look at the bike to get excited,” he said. “There cannot be one rider out there who doesn’t look at that Ducati and think ‘fuck, we’re going to have our hands full with that bike’. There is no expense spared and I think it will genuinely upset worldwide.0”
Team boss Steve Moore added: "This is a great partnership for the Moto Rapido Racing team. Everyone at Oxford Products is clearly passionate about motorcycles and especially racing, so we quickly felt this would be a great match.
"I’m, of course, very excited for next season with the new Ducati V4R, and with Oxford taking the title sponsorship we are now able to finally re-sign Tommy, our most successful rider ever. Now the V4R development begins. It is time to make a serious bid for this championship now as Oxford Racing Ducati.”
Oxford's Managing Director Andrew Hammond commented: "We are extremely excited to be partnering up with Moto Rapido in 2019; as you can see, the whole company is behind the team. We look forward to extending Oxford’s race heritage in what is undoubtedly the world’s best domestic motorcycle race series.”
For a full, exclusive interview with Bridewell about his 2019 plans, pick up this week's MCN.