British Superbike rider Tommy Bridewell has been familiarising himself with the BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com squad at an official two-day test at Suzuka ahead of the prestigious 8 hours of Suzuka endurance race.

Bridewell, who races for Tyco BMW in BSB, was announced as a late addition to the endurance squad's rider line-up earlier this week alongside German Markus Reiterberger and Belgian Bastien Mackels for Suzuka, which is set to take place on the 26th July.

The test was hampered by persistent rain but the team is confident it was able to make significant progress to be competitive for the second round of the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship.

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Bridewell gave a glowing report on the test despite the difficult conditions curtailing developments the team could make with the BMW machine.

"It was a good test even though the weather was not playing into our hands," Bridewell said. "In that sight it was kind of hard to evaluate and develop the needs and settings of us riders and the BMW S1000 RR for the race later in July.

"But for me it was just nice to ride around here again and my lap times were strong as well."

An experienced racer at Suzuka, Bridewell was able to help his team-mates become familiar with the circuit layout and his team says the Wiltshire rider 'showed a great pace both in dry and wet conditions' as he set the fastest lap time of anyone in the team.

Team principal Rico Penzkofer says he's delighted to welcome the British Superbike rider into his squad and saw great potential by Bridewell's lap times set in the dry.

"Of course it's kind of frustrating to travel so far and then only have one dry session in two days but considering that difficult conditions and just the minor spill of Reiti [Reiterberger suffered a minor crash midway through the test], which left our BMW S 1000 RR almost undamaged, we can be satisfied," Penzkofer said.

"The lap times posted by Bastien and Tommy in the short dry period were promising and I am sure Markus can reach them as well, just due to his crash there was not much he could further do today. The guys now know where it's going round here and we can look forward to the race."