Brands Hatch Indy: Bridewell takes pride in ‘special’ Bennetts Suzuki podium

Tommy Bridewell has taken extra pride in proving the Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 has the potential to battle for the rostrum with the manufacturer's first in two years
Tommy Bridewell has taken extra pride in proving the Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 has the potential to battle for the rostrum after grabbing the manufacturer's first MCE British Superbike podium since 2014 in race one at Brands Hatch Indy.

After establishing solid gains with the bike's chassis at an in-season test at Anglesey both Bridewell and team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari impressed by creeping up the timesheet during the free practice sessions.

However, it ended in heartbreak for Kiyonari after the three-time BSB champion suffered a broken left collarbone in a crash at Graham Hill bend during FP2 which ruled him out of the races.

Carrying the Bennetts Suzuki banner alone, Bridewell produced impressive race pace to be in second place heading into the final lap but slipped back to third after winner Haslam's dramatic last-lap dash from third to first.

The third place marked a poignant moment for Bridewell and the team as it was Halsall Racing's first podium with Suzuki and the Japanese manufacturer's first rostrum appearance since Josh Waters won in the wet at Assen 2014 in BSB.

“It was positive weekend for myself and the team after a rocky start to the season. We've turned massive corners this weekend,” Bridewell said. “To get the bike back on the podium when everyone says it is an old bike is a mega job and it is the first podium for the team with Suzuki.

“It has been quite special really because I got Martin Halsall's first podium with the other manufacturer and now first podium with Suzuki. We've just to keep working and hopefully get Kiyo back to go for a Bennetts Suzuki one-two soon.”

While wishing his team-mate a speedy recovery in time for round four at Knockhill after the mid-season break, Bridewell is keen to carry the momentum of third and fourth at Brands Hatch into the rest of the season.

“We've found good direction with the chassis when we weren't too sure before,” he said. “After the Anglesey test we confirmed a lot through the data and we've got to keep the progression going for the Snetterton test where we've got a few things to try like a new stiffer swingarm.

“It was a sterling effort from the team and hopefully get Kiyo back up as well as it put a bit of a downer on the weekend with him out. I'm pretty certain with him we could have had a double podium for the team.”

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Steve Rowe

May 23, 2016 11:59 AM

Nice to see Bridewell on the pace all weekend. To be honest, I was not expecting him to get a podium this season after their pretty disappointing start to the year. You know if he sticks it somewhere on the front two or three rows in qualy that he going to be pushing for podiums, he seems to be more of a Sunday man.

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