BSB: Will it be third time lucky for Bridewell and Oxford Products Ducati?
Tommy Bridewell has ridden for various teams throughout his 12-year British Superbike career, will 2021 be his Championship winning year?
Wiltshire rider 32-year-old Tommy Bridewell is riding for his third consecutive full season with Oxford Products Racing Ducati. It’s fair to say Tommy hasn’t looked back since joining the Team back in 2018, he joined the Ducati team partway through the 2018 season as a replacement rider for Taylor Mackenzie. The 2019 season was a victorious one for Tommy; he finished third in the championship racking up a win and a further 17 podiums.
Tommy started racing motorcycles back in 2002 at Darley Moor on an Aprilia 125. By 2003 he rode in the British 125 GP Class; finishing the season in fourth place and then eighth in 2004. The following year he moved into the Yamaha R6 Cup and clocked up four wins. Sadly in 2007 Tommy lost his beloved brother and racing companion Ollie in an accident at Mallory Park.
In 2008 he moved to Italy to compete in the Italian Superbike Championship, unfortunately, in round one he broke his leg but was back in racing action just eight weeks later and secured third place in the championship standings. 2009 saw Tommy make some wildcard appearances in British Superbikes whilst taking part in the European Superstock 1000 Championship.
Tommy enjoyed his stint in British Superbikes so in 2010 he rode for Quay Garage and enjoyed a strong season finishing 11th in the championship. In 2012 he secured a showdown position whilst riding for the Supersonic BMW Team, where he finished sixth overall. 2013 saw Tommy have an unsettled season riding for various teams in the Superbike Paddock. He signed for Milwaukee Yamaha for a full season in 2014, where he was no stranger to the podium and finished in third place overall in the championship plus securing his first Superbike win.
Over the next three seasons he switched teams and manufacturers riding on BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki machinery. He started the 2018 season riding for the Halsall Racing Team but he made a mid-season switch to the Oxford Products Racing Ducati Team, where he secured the Riders Cup. Tommy instantly jelled with the team as you can tell from his results over the past few seasons. 2021 sees Tommy signing a deal to remain with the Ducati Dealership Team for a third full season campaign.
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