After what has a season of two halves for Bridewell, splitting with his Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki team before jumping on the Moto Rapido Ducati, Bridewell has been crowned the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Riders Cup Champion.
Tommy Bridewell has been crowned the 2018 Riders Cup Champion after a double podium finish at the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.
Bridewell started 2018 onboard the Halsall Racing Suzuki after a year with the WD-40 Kawasaki and instantly put his Suzuki inside the top 10 at the second and third rounds of the season at Brands Hatch Indy and the first visit to Oulton Park. But after a strong start to his 2018 campaign, team owner Colin Wright announced that Tommy Bridewell will not ride the Suzuki anymore, just moments before the Datatag Qualifying which would decide the grid for the 4th round of the season at Snetterton.
Bridewell last rode the Suzuki in 2016 where the Wiltshire rider stood on the podium twice before switching to Kawasaki machinery for 2017.
Over at Moto Rapido Ducati, Taylor Mackenzie announced that he was splitting with Steeve Moore’s team, leaving a rider open for the 30-year-old.
Bridewell got his first taste of the Ducati at Brands Hatch where he ended his opening two races in 12th and 7th at the Kent circuit. His next race was at Thruxton where again he came home just outside the top 10 in race 1 with another 7th in race 2. The next time Tommy road the Ducati was at Cadwell Park and he looked instantly comfortable during Friday Practice and eventually put the Ducati on the front row after Saturday’s Qualifying session. Bridewell was fighting in with the front guys eventually bringing the bike home in 5th, his first top 5 finish since the first race of the season finale back in 2016.
Bridewell’s first podium of the season came at Oulton Park, the track where he picked up his debut win in the championship back on the Tyco BMW in 2015, with a 2nd in a very wet race 1 and a 3rd in a mixed conditioned race 2.
Bridewell then came to Brands Hatch after a mixed weekend at Assen locked in battle with Mackenzie, O’Halloran, and Iddon for the Riders Cup title. A crash in race 1 on Saturday made it look tough for Bridewell to snatch that 7th spot in the championship but with 2 great podium finishes on Sunday saw him leap up into 7th, taking the Riders Cup title.
Bridewell’s 2019 plans are still yet to be announced but after what has been a great 2nd half of 2018 onboard the Ducati, I’d be surprised not to see in on the new V4 next season.
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