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Bridewell: “It has been one hell of a rollercoaster”

Monday, May 18 2015

Tommy Bridewell celebrated his first victory of his 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship campaign and the first for the Tyco BMW team last time out at Oulton Park, but he won't be resting on his laurels ahead of Snetterton (19/20/21 June).

Bridewell and the team have made big steps forward since the opening round of the season at Donington Park, culminating in an impressive victory at Oulton Park. However he was denied the chance to make it a repeat performance when he crashed out of the second race, but the Tyco BMW rider admits he is ready to fight for the top spot again at Snetterton.

Bridewell said: "It has been one hell of a rollercoaster this season and I think it started with myself and the team having different expectations to being with. The team knew we would be slightly on the back foot to begin with at Donington Park whilst I wanted to come out and win straight away. If we look back at the first rounds now we had some average results, but we scored points and we took the positives to move forward.

"We have made big progress since then with the hard work of the TAS team and also with the help of BMW in Germany. We went to Oulton Park and after the test I was confident that we could be at the front, before that I hadn't been sure, but the test went really well for us. A lot of that is down to the team as we had to take a step backwards to move forwards and I was quite impatient to start because I wanted to be winning races at round one. Once we sat down and worked out where we went wrong in pre-season testing, we had a good plan and then it was 50/50 between the team and BMW that put us back where we know we should be.

"Before the race at Oulton Park I said to Philip [Neill - team owner] that I had a plan to get into the front, stick the hammer well and truly down and just go and if not who knows what would happen! I felt fast once the race started and I just hung it all out on the line on a bit of a wing and a prayer and went for it. I knew I had to be inch perfect and that's what I concentrated on to get the job done.

 "I think Oulton Park showed how close we are now and I hope that we can go to Snetterton and do the same again because I don't think we should be too far away. I haven't been one to say this and that so far this season but I 100% fully expect to fight for the wins at Snetterton. The confidence I have after Oulton Park is astronomical - I came away from there knowing we worked well and didn't put a foot wrong, apart from the hiccup in race two. We go into Snetterton with a massive amount of momentum so that should stand us in good stead. If you can go to any track on the calendar with that on your side it is Snetterton because I love the track and it should suit the Tyco BMW to a tee. We still have a bit in reserve but we need to keep pushing on."

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