Tommy Bridewell says it was mixed emotions claiming third on the grid for race one at Brands Hatch after feeling he didn't have the pace to battle the front runners over a single lap on the Bennetts Suzuki.

The former BSB race winner was the first rider to set his Superpole flying lap, a 1m 25.707s, and was initially downcast with the time having felt certain his rivals would surpass his benchmark.

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With the pressure of producing a perfect lap in one shot, Bridewell remained in the top two for the bulk of the pole position shootout and once Jason O'Halloran tumbled out on his lap the Bennets Suzuki rider was guaranteed a front row start with only Shane Byrne remaining to run.

Bridewell says he can take comfort from grabbing third after feeling he didn't have the hot lap pace as it provides him a useful starting position to attack from and feels more confident with his race pace.

"I went and sat in the garage on my own quietly [after his Superpole lap], I don't know why I was disappointed because I didn't know what to expect to be fair," Bridewell said. "I had only done a 1m 25.8s this morning and I knew I couldn't match the pace over one lap of these guys.

"I can't get the benefit of a new rear tyre and if I am honest it is better when I put in a new front tyre.

"In the same degree to get on the front row is a massive help because my race pace is strong and it will help me in the races. I knew I was going to struggle in qualifying so it was more of a case of how high can I came to get through the pack. This makes life a lot easier and I can charge from the front and see what we can do."