Bridewell 'disappointed' by exclusion decision

Tommy Bridewell insists he was unfairly excluded from the race one results at Cadwell Park following his contact with John Laverty.
Tommy Bridewell has expressed his disappointment at being excluded from the race one results at Cadwell Park after being involved in a collision with John Laverty.

Bridewell dived into a small gap up the inside of Laverty on the final corner of the last lap, but the pair would make minor contact, with Laverty going down. The outcome was particularly galling for Laverty as it all but ruled him out of reaching the title shootout.

Bridewell was disqualified for his part in the accident, but he was adamant it was a racing incident, insisting it was an unfortunate result of an otherwise fair move.

“To say I'm disappointed to have been excluded from race one is a massive understatement as I honestly went for a gap and was past John when we collided and I was lucky to stay on and he was unfortunate to crash out,” the Quay Garage Honda rider, who went on to finish eighth in race two, said.

“I'm a racer and this is top class Superbike Championship racing and it's my job to get the best result I can as after all, if I was happy with tenth place, I maybe shouldn't be racing here. I'm just glad John was OK but disappointed with the way his team reacted but you just have to put these things behind you and move on.

“I was determined to put on a good show in race two and get a decent result for the team but that's the best I could do on the old girl."

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Tommy Bridewell - Quay Garage Honda [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
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Tommy Bridewell - Quay Garage Honda [Pic credit: Mick Lawrence]
Tommy Bridewell - Quay Garage Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Laverty - Buildbase Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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mkindy - Unregistered

September 01, 2010 11:58 AM

This is such a crock.. Tommy's pass was awesome and perfectly timed. The whole point of racing is to get past your competitor not to sit behind him just incase he F£$k up and you can sneak past. You identify an oppotunity and execute your move to pass. Of course everyone is sorry that John came off his bike, but just look at the video footage.The contact was so minimal as to be almost non existence. John came off as a result of braking, then letting off the brake (when he realised Tommy had the line and was IN FRONT) causing the front wheel to lose grip and wash out. Tommy made the apex of the corner!! The judgement sucked and even the officals looked uncomfortable trying to justify it.


September 01, 2010 12:01 PM

@i had a bike - I disagree with you there, I saw the pass from a number of angles and it looked agressive, clean and exciting. It's really up to a rider in front to be aware of what's going on around them in a race. For me it was the best pass of the race.

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