Tommy Bridewell says he feared his chances of a Showdown spot had disappeared during some low points this season but has paid tribute to his Tyco BMW squad for helping him fight back.

The Wiltshire rider has endured a season of ups and downs with eight top five finishes punctuated by seven failures. After securing his Showdown spot with a third place finish in the final race at Oulton Park, Bridewell admitted that he believed his shot at the top six was over after a series of painful crashes.

"There was one point during the season when I thought there was no way I was going to make the Showdown this year," Bridewell said. "I was crashing too much and trying to win races that we weren't ready for to be honest. The Tyco BMW team have pulled out all the resources to get the bike as strong as we can."

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In a snapshot of Bridewell's season so far the 27-year-old suffered two DNFs during the Oulton Park triple-header - including a nasty high-side in race one - but battled back in race three to take his third podium of the year to book his place in the top six.

Bridewell says he's confident he and the Tyco BMW team has the potential for a MCE British Superbike title charge if they can put all the pieces together in the Showdown.

Tyco BMW is set to take new parts to Assen for both Bridewell and his team-mate Michael Laverty, which were delayed after initially being expected to arrive at the Cheshire circuit.

"Myself and Michael are looking forward to the last three rounds with a few new parts which have now been confirmed for Assen," Bridewell said. "Hopefully that should slingshot us a little bit more.

"I have to give full credit to Tyco BMW for creating a package which has got two riders into the Showdown. Now we're looking forward to Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP and hoping to give it some."