Tommy Bridewell has done his chances of securing a premier ride for next season's MCE British Superbike Championship further good by claiming an impressive podium finish on his Milwaukee Yamaha debut at Assen.

His third team of the season having ridden for Bathams Honda and Halsall Kawasaki this year, Bridewell comes on board at Milwaukee Yamaha to act as support to title contender James Ellison, a role he fulfilled throughout the weekend as he shrugged off his relative inexperience to perform at the front all weekend.

Running shotgun in fourth during the first race, Bridewell became the main beneficiary of Ellison's technical-induced retirement as he ascended to a superb third place finish for his third podium in four races.

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"It was a fantastic first race for me and for sure we managed to get it done. I am obviously disappointed for James (Ellison) as he was running well, but I saw on my board I had a gap behind me but at the end I just couldn't close the leading two.

"I had fallen asleep on the opening two laps and unfortunately I got caught up with Nori who was a bit excited so to speak."

However, Bridewell's hopes of a repeat performance in race two ended early on when he slid off whilst attempting to overtake Noriyuki Haga, the Yamaha man taking down former WSBK star in the process.

"In the second race it was turning into a good fight and then I had a crash and took out Nori at the same time which was disappointing but I am looking forward now to Silverstone. Thanks to the Milwaukee Yamaha team for all their hard work."