Last-gasp MCE British Superbike Championship recruit Tommy Bridewell says he is making 'big progress' every time he throws his leg over the Supersonic BMW S1000RR.

Bridewell (23) was drafted into the Italian team alongside Patric Muff after original signing Anthony West opted to move to the MotoGP Moto2 class at the last minute.

The former Tyco Honda and Motorpoint Yamaha man stepped into the void and on Saturday ended the final free practice session in 19th position overall as he continues to adjust to his new steed.

"I am very, very happy with today. Yesterday [Friday] was the first time I saw the bike and already I can say that with every session we are making a big progress," he said.

"I see a lot of potential in the bike as well as in the team. I think that at the moment it is important to work at every angle of the bike with the team to make a 110% out of it."

His team-mate also finished inside the top 20 in 18th position as the pair aim to make further progress in qualifying today.

"I am positively surprised that we could already close the gap to the teams who spent many days with winter tests in Spain and the UK," said Muff.

"The whole team has been working hard to be where we are and I am sure we still have a lot of potential. The Supersonic BMW is a great bike and we can make improvements in every session we are on the track.

"I really feel comfortable on the bike and in the whole team. I am excited what the weekend will bring and hope to bring solid results back home where we can build on."

The Supersonic team spent two seasons in the World Superbike Championship as a Ducati customer team before joining BSB for 2012.