BREAKING: Bridewell set for Ducati debut with Moto Rapido at Brands Hatch
Tommy Bridewell will make his return to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend (July 20/21/22) after securing a last minute deal with the Moto Rapido Ducati team ahead of Brands Hatch.
Bridewell and the Winchester-based dealer team will work together for the first time on Friday for the opening free practice session as the Bennetts BSB race winner prepares for the new challenge as he lines up on a Ducati for the first time in his career.
Bridewell said: “I am happy to be back racing this weekend, especially at Brands Hatch. Ducati is the only manufacturer I haven’t raced with so this will be a completely new venture and experience for me. Yes we are starting straight off with free practice but it doesn’t worry me at all, I am feeling optimistic and hopefully I can click straight away with the Ducati and can be competitive from the outset.
“From the research I have done, the Ducati seems to have similar characteristics to the Yamaha I used to race and that still is one of the best bikes I have ever raced in BSB, so I am hoping that we can just get stuck in with free practice and build from there. It’s going to be an interesting weekend for us that’s for sure!”
Team owner Steve Moore commented: “It’s been a busy ten days since Knockhill but we met with Tommy and worked out a deal. It was the obvious choice for good reason; riders like Tommy don’t get left on the shelf for long so I’m happy to have secured him.
“Now we have a massive challenge ahead at Brands Hatch this weekend. As no testing is possible, the sensible and maybe smart thing to do would be to miss this round and start a proper test program - even just a few days testing to sort the basics. But instead we have decided to go racing against established riders and teams with thousands of miles under their belts and well set up bikes, but where better to test than at a live race weekend?
“Thanks to our sponsors and my team who have made this all happen. Tommy has never ridden a Ducati or twin cylinder Superbike so we have a busy few first sessions. I can’t wait to see what happens.”