Tommy Bridewell’s update on adaptation from Ducati to Honda

"We’ve made some improvements with my feeling with the Honda and understanding the bike"

Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

Tommy Bridewell has explained the status of his ongoing adaptation from the Ducati to Honda.

The British Superbike champion opted to defend his title with different machinery this year, by joining Honda Racing UK.

He scored his first podium on a Honda at the last BSB round at Oulton Park.

The third round of the 2024 British Superbike season is this weekend at Donington Park.

“Going into this weekend, it seems that the bike works very well at Donington Park,” Bridewell said.

“At the test, before the season had started, we had high winds and we were just working on feeling when we were there.

“It was my first ever time on the bike, but with the wind and everything against us, we were still up at the sharp end, in the top six, top seven somewhere.

“I think since the Donington Park test we’ve made some improvements with my feeling with the Honda and understanding the bike, and we’ve made some steps with electronics which is good.

“I think fundamentally for this weekend we should have a step with the engine from Oulton Park.

“We’ll hopefully have a little more power and we have just got to keep building.

“This time of the year for me is all about consolidating and building points on the board - just keep putting points on the board! We’re in a good position and that’s what we’ve got to build on.”

Bridewell is happy with his results and performances at the first two rounds, his first outings on the Honda Fireblade.

“I think really for me in truth, the first two rounds have been a lot more promising than perhaps we anticipated with having a brand new bike,” he said.

“Yes, we’ve had some teething issues, but our actual pace over race distance over the shorter race and over practice sessions has been really strong.

“We’ve always, every single session, been in the top four or five area consistently.

“For me, Navarra was a bigger surprise. We had a few issues there, but obviously Oulton Park was a circuit that I know well and that I go really well at.

“It was nice to get my first podium of the year and the first podium for Honda in a really long time. We had some slight limitations at Oulton Park, but we got absolutely every ounce out of the bike, which is the main thing.”

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