BATTERED BRIDEWELL DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Tommy Bridewell catapulted himself out of contention for the Showdown in dramatic style as he crashed out of Saturday’s opening race.
The radiator and throttle bodies were the only salvageable parts from his wrecked GSX-R as he slipped off on the run down to Britten’s chicane while fighting for the podium in the first of the weekend’s three races. Battered and bruised, Bridewell struggled in Sunday’s second race but was able to return to the podium in the third and final outing.
However, while he might be out of the title hunt, the Bennetts Suzuki rider has made no secret that he’s more than up for getting involved in the 2016 championship battle as he looks set to fight for Suzuki’s first race victory since 2014.
“The pace was so quick in Saturday’s race I sort of over-rode. It was my fault but that ruled us out of the Showdown fight,” Bridewell told MCN. “To be honest, I’ve been in the Showdown before and it’s got me nowhere so I’m not that bothered. I’m just going to look forward to fighting for wins without the pressure as I have nothing to lose now and I’m more than excited to get involved with the championship fight.”
Bridewell’s GSX-R moments away from destruction