Tommy Bridewell says he needs his rivals to suffer some 'typical Assen misfortune' to bring them closer as he reveals Tyco BMW have almost solved its technical problems.

The Wiltshire rider heads into the Showdown fourth in the championship, 46 points behind leader Josh Brookes, but feels one bad round can open the door and reignite his title ambitions. Since Assen has been on the BSB calendar it has thrown up some unlikely results, mainly due to the unpredictable weather playing its part, and Bridewell is aiming to profit from any misfortune which befalls his rivals.

"I feel like I need a typical Assen misfortune from Josh Brookes or Shane Byrne because at this stage one difficult weekend can close it all up," Bridewell said. "The Showdown is all about trying to close the gap to Brookes and Byrne over these last three rounds. They have been the dominant riders so far, but when everything is going right, then I am normally the next one there.

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"It's never too late to fight for the title but at this stage of the season we all need a little bit of luck and anything can happen."

Tyco BMW is expected to run bring upgrades to Assen for both Bridewell and his team-mate Michael Laverty while Bridewell is confident the bike will end the year in its strongest shape all season.

"We have been working hard on developing the BMW all season long and we are now 90 percent there," he said. "Which means we are going to be stronger in these final three rounds. It is never too late to still fight for the title. I could do with some luck but if you look at the past, anything can happen."