Tommy Bridewell could be World Superstock bound in 2009 after enjoying a surprise outing with a leading Yamaha team during post-season testing.
The Brit, who made his WSBK debut as a wild-card in Portugal last weekend, was asked to stay back and try out the Lorenzini by Leoni Yamaha that was taken to 14th in the 2008 standings by Michele Mangnoni.
It was a fine debut for Bridewell too, who was lapping immediately quicker than the team's other rider Michele Pirro, who finished fifth in the overall standings this season. Furthermore, he was lapping as quickly as Regis Laconi and Lorenzo Lanzi on the Superbike specification DFX Hondas.
With his WSBK debut at the weekend giving him the desire to pursue a world championship berth, he admits he would be very tempted by a switch to the Superstock class if the team approached him.
"The bike is very good and I'm pleased with the way the test went. We were packing up to go home on Sunday night when they came over to the motorhome and asked if I would like to stay on and test and I'm glad I did as this hasn't done me any harm.
“The team have made noises about wanting me to race for them next season and I'd be very interested in talking with them as the bike and the team are capable of winning the title so we'll see what comes of it.
”But right now, I have to talk with my personal sponsors and to see what they want to happen as well as considering a number of other possible options for 2009."