Tommy Bridewell is closing in on his Milwaukee Yamaha team-mate Josh Brookes after ending the opening MCE British Superbike Showdown weekend with an excellent podium finish.

Bridewell finished ninth in the treacherous conditions in race one but showed his pace on the YZF-R1 in the second encounter, tailing eventual winner Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari in third without ever been close enough to attempt a pass on the final lap.

The Yamaha rider, who was only 0.460s behind Byrne at the finish, is now five points behind Brookes as the battle for third place in the championship intensifies.

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"The conditions were horrible in race one and we struggled to be honest, but I knew after qualifying we had the pace in dry. Ninth in the first one was at least some points and then starting down the grid for the second race didn't help me but it did make it more fun that's for sure," Bridewell said.

"When I got into third and Shakey and Kiyo were there, they were riding nice and clean, whereas I could have done with them duffing each other up a bit harder.

"The one place that I knew I could definitely have a go was where Shakey was strong and every lap he was lining up Kiyo into the last chicane," he added. "All I kept thinking was 'go, go now don't wait until the last lap as then I can have a go'.

"I thought he would probably wait until the last lap and then I started losing the front and there wasn't much more I could have done without crashing."

Bridewell now has his sights set on third place in the standings after capitalising on Brookes' pair of non-finishes at Assen, which effectively paved the way for a two-horse race for the title between Byrne and Kiyonari.

"It was important to finish third for the championship, third isn't ideally where we want to be but it is better than a DNF or worse," he said. "We are closer to Josh now so it is all closing up and I am looking forward to Silverstone now."