Tommy Bridewell

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Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell cropped.jpg
Bridewell wearing Milwaukee Yamaha colours acknowledging spectators' plaudits for his overall Championship third-place at Brands Hatch Showdown podium, end of BSB 2014 season
Nationality British
Born (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 28)
Etchilhampton, Wiltshire
Current team Team WD-40 Kawasaki
Bike number 46
Bridewell at a 2009 BSB race at Snetterton

Tommy Bridewell (Thomas George Bridewell, born 8 August 1988 in Etchilhampton, Wiltshire) is an English motorcycle racer, competing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

His best championship standing to date was when he finished third in the British Superbike 2014 season, behind Ryuichi Kiyonari and winner Shane Byrne. He was a runner-up in the Yamaha R6 Cup of 2005.[1]

Tommy is the younger brother of Ollie Bridewell, who was a prominent up-and-coming motorcycle racer when he died in 2007 during the Mallory Park round of the Superbike Championship.

Biography[edit]

Ollie's death[edit]

For the 2007 season, Tommy and his older brother Ollie joined forces for the British Superbike Championship in team NB Suzuki. Ollie died after crashing during a practice session at the Mallory Park round in 2007. He was pronounced dead at the scene.[2] Bridewell left the Championship at that round.

European Superstock 600[edit]

Bridewell restarted his racing career in Italy during 2008, moving on to the European Superstock 600 class in 2009, riding the Lorenzini Yamaha.[3] Bridewell started off with a 13th place in the first round at Valencia but would fail to score any more points finishes, and left the team mid-season.

Return to British Superbike Championship[edit]

2009[edit]

After departing the European scene, Bridewell returned to the British Superbike Championship during the 2009 season, competing in the Privateers' Cup on a Team NB Suzuki, winning the Cup class in 7 of the 26 races. Following this success, he was signed by Quay Garage Honda to compete in the main British Superbike Championship for the 2010 season.[4]

2010[edit]

Bridewell had a mixed start to the season, crashing twice in the first round at Brands Hatch Indy circuit, then failing to start the next round at Thruxton. He recovered from this to score a career best fourth-place finish during the fourth round at Cadwell Park.[5] Bridewell finished the season in 11th place on 105 points, his best finish in the Championship.

2011[edit]

For 2011 Bridewell remained with the Quay Garage team, rebranded under the Tyco Racing banner. His season started strongly with a podium in the first race at Brands Hatch Indy. However, he crashed heavily in practice at Thruxton, leading to the amputation of his little finger.[6] He took a fourth place in race 2 at Cadwell Park,[7] having injured himself in practice for the second round at Oulton Park, and never showed in the top 10 again. On the Wednesday before the Snetterton round, Bridewell and Tyco Honda parted company.[8] Bridewell was signed up to replace James Westmoreland at Motorpoint Yamaha for the last four rounds of the 2011 championship season.[9]

BSB 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015[edit]

Bridewell rode with Shaun Muir Racing as a temporary replacement rider for part of 2013, followed by a full season in 2014. For 2015 he joined Tyco BMW.

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 1 May 2017

By championship[edit]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2010 Honda BHI
Ret
BHI
Ret
THR
DNS
THR
DNS
OUL
10
OUL
7
CAD
4
CAD
6
MAL
11
MAL
9
KNO
Ret
KNO
C
SNE
10
SNE
6
SNE
Ret
BHGP
12
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
12
CAD
DSQ
CAD
8
CRO
Ret
CRO
7
SIL
Ret
SIL
12
OUL
6
OUL
DNS
OUL
DNS
11th 105
2011 Honda BHI
3
BHI
Ret
OUL
WD
OUL
WD
CRO
10
CRO
10
THR
Ret
THR
17
KNO
11
KNO
Ret
SNE SNE OUL OUL BHGP BHGP BHGP 17th 76 [10]
Yamaha CAD
DNS
CAD
Ret
CAD
11
DON
14
DON
11
SIL
10
SIL
9
BHGP
11
BHGP
7
BHGP
12
2012 BMW BHI
6
BHI
C
THR
6
THR
16
OUL
5
OUL
7
OUL
5
SNE
6
SNE
Ret
KNO
5
KNO
6
OUL
6
OUL
7
OUL
8
BHGP
5
BHGP
7
CAD
9
CAD
5
DON
9
DON
4
ASS
6
ASS
5
SIL
6
SIL
4
BHGP
7
BHGP
5
BHGP
4
6th 577 [11]
2013 Honda BHI
5
BHI
Ret
THR
Ret
THR
Ret
OUL
5
OUL
5
KNO
11
KNO
DNS
SNE
Ret
SNE
12
BHGP
BHGP
8th 197 [12]
Kawasaki OUL
5
OUL
4
OUL
5
CAD
4
CAD
2
DON
Ret
DON
3
Yamaha ASS
3
ASS
Ret
SIL
3
SIL
3
BHGP
6
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
4
2014 Yamaha BHI
7
BHI
9
OUL
4
OUL
5
SNE
4
SNE
3
KNO
6
KNO
7
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
4
THR
5
THR
Ret
OUL
4
OUL
7
OUL
8
CAD
1
CAD
3
DON
3
DON
Ret
ASS
9
ASS
3
SIL
10
SIL
4
BHGP
5
BHGP
6
BHGP
3
3rd 587 [13]
2015 BMW DON
6
DON
8
BHI
Ret
BHI
6
OUL
1
OUL
Ret
SNE
4
SNE
5
KNO
7
KNO
Ret
BHGP
4
BHGP
Ret
THR
Ret
THR
4
CAD
4
CAD
3
OUL
Ret
OUL
Ret
OUL
3
ASS
8
ASS
Ret
SIL
9
SIL
7
BHGP
11
BHGP
11
BHGP
12
6th 545 [14]
2016 Suzuki SIL
10
SIL
16
OUL
15
OUL
14
BHI
3
BHI
4
KNO
12
KNO
8
SNE
8
SNE
10
THR
4
THR
8
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
Ret
CAD
4
CAD
5
OUL
Ret
OUL
6
OUL
3
DON
Ret
DON
6
ASS
17
ASS
16
BHGP
5
BHGP
8
BHGP
8
11th 172 [15]
2017 Kawasaki DON
12
DON
11
BHI
11
BHI
12
OUL
11
OUL
8
KNO
KNO
SNE
SNE
BHGP
BHGP
THR
THR
CAD
CAD
SIL
SIL
OUL
OUL
OUL
ASS
ASS
BHGP
BHGP
BHGP
10th* 31
  • * Season still in progress

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