27 November 2014
BSB: Bridewell teases upcoming announcement
Tommy Bridewell says he should be able to reveal all in the coming weeks after confirming he chose not to remain with Milwaukee Yamaha.
Tommy Bridewell says he hopes to confirm his plans for the 2015 racing season very shortly having opted not to remain with Milwaukee Yamaha in the MCE British Superbike Championship.
The 26 year-old enjoyed a breakout year on the Yamaha YZF-R1 after joining Shaun Muir's team in 2014, notching up his first win at Cadwell Park and going on to finish third overall ahead of highly-rated team-mate Josh Brookes.
Despite this, Bridewell is the only rider who reached the 2014 Title Showdown not to have confirmed his plans for the 2015 season, with Milwaukee Yamaha having already announced Broc Parkes will be joining Brookes next year.
Nonetheless, the Devizes rider insists his plans for 2015 are coming along nicely, though he is unable to hint as to what he will be riding or even where for the time being.
“I will be racing a motorbike next year,” he told Crash.net. “Where and on what I can't confirm, but hopefully over the next week, two weeks it won't be too far away. It's out of my hands and we are just playing it by ear."
Indeed, with Milwaukee Yamaha, Paul Bird Kawasaki and Honda Racing having already confirmed their high-profile line-ups for next year, Bridewell's dwindling options have raised concerns amongst fans. However, he insists it was ultimately his choice to stay with Milwaukee Yamaha.
"I made decisions differently for the coming season, which is nice and I am happy I have done it the way I wanted to do it this time. I feel like I made my own mind up and I didn't listen to anyone else, I have done exactly what I wanted to do. I am very fortunate and very thankful to be in that position.
"I am not staying with Yamaha, which is a shame. The team were a great group of guys and we had a bit of a rocky start to the year with a few issues on the bike, but we worked through it. As far as 2015 goes, the team did offer me an option to stay. I have seen that, because I have not announced anything and Milwakuee have announced their two riders, they got a lot of slack saying 'I can't believe they didn't keep Tommy on board for next year'. That wasn't the case because they did give me the option.
“We were in talks throughout the season. Shaun was very busy with Yamaha to get information and to find out when this new bike was coming, so it wasn't at the forefront of the conversation really. There were a lot of different reasons as to why I didn't continue with the team and we are all friends, there is no bad blood with anyone. We are on good terms.”
Existing BSB teams yet to confirm their full rider line-ups include Buildbase BMW and JG Speedfit (nee GBmoto) Kawasaki, while TAS Racing is yet to confirm its plans for 2015 amidst rumours it could switch from Suzuki to BMW machinery.
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