Tommy Bridewell admits he was slightly disappointed with the outcome of his World Superbike debut, even if the experience has nonetheless whetted his appetite for the future.
Riding the BSB-specification Team NB Suzuki on unfamiliar Pirelli tyres, Bridewell did a fine job of acclimatising to the rigours of the World Championship stage at the start of the weekend, despite the difficult weather conditions.
Sitting on the cusp of the top twenty for the much of the time, Bridewell found the going tough in the races due to the limited amount of dry track data, while problems with tyres ultimately prevented him from challenging for points.
Nonetheless, while Bridewell was frustrated not to get on the score sheet, he at least had the honour of battling on-track with reputed riders Makoto Tamada and Yukio Kagayama, giving him the desire to return in the future.
"I should be reasonably happy but I must admit, I'm somewhat disappointed after today's results. I was always inside the top twenty during qualifying and I really felt that I was in with an outside chance of scoring a point but then the bike started misfiring in race one and we were advised to use a different tyre in race two which was the wrong one.
“But it's been a great experience and I would love to race here next season so now the hard work starts. I must say a big thank you to my team also, they have really worked hard this weekend."