Tommy Bridewell says his race one victory at Oulton Park is 'one of the strongest races I've ever ridden' and despite crashing from the lead in race two the Tyco BMW man is adamant his MCE British Superbike title charge is up and running.

The 26-year-old rider ran a near-perfect race at the Cheshire track after storming into the lead on lap two and held off the attack from Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes for his second BSB career victory.

With Tyco BMW finding a way of managing the softer Pirelli SC0 tyre Bridewell had the confidence to push the S1000RR for the full race distance which enabled him to lead from the front and take the chequered flag.

"I have to give credit to the Tyco BMW team they worked phenomenally well," Bridewell said. "We struggled in the first couple of rounds because we kept having to run the hard tyre and I knew that was where I was losing the time because I kept losing drive.

"But we worked on a good plan for running the SC0 and I knew it would last in the race. It was good fun. I just raced my lap time. When I saw on Josh's board plus one second I knew it was only us two out front. It was a matter of trying to keep smooth, trying to conserve the tyre as much as I could but that all went out the window when I was going sideways and holding on for dear life.

"I'm trying to keep my feet of the floor but that was probably one of the strongest races I've ever ridden before."

However, hopes of a potential double winner weekend came crashing down when Bridewell slipped off at Hizzys while leading race two. The Wiltshire rider had been notching up lap record pace but his machine folded from underneath him leaving Bridewell to think what could have been.

"The second race is disappointing as I really did feel I could break them and did nothing different from race one and slipped off," he added. "Despite that I'm leaving Oulton full of confidence as we now have a Tyco BMW that I know is going to be competitive at all rounds, so the championship campaign really did begin for me this weekend."

Thanks to his healthy points haul in race one Bridewell has moved up to fifth in the BSB riders' standings and also earns a handy five podium points for the Showdown at the end of the year.



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