Tommy Bridewell recovered from the disappointment of Thruxton to score points in race one at Knockhill. Despite crashing out in race two, the Tyco Honda was happy with the progress made over the weekend.
In the first race of the day, Bridewell fought his way up to 11th and finished right on the tail of reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade. Race two didn't go quite as well for the Wiltshire rider who slid off the track at the SEAT curves.
All in all, Bridewell felt he had taken a step forward from Thruxton and is hoping to challenge the top ten again at Snetterton in two weeks.
“We made some changes to the bike this weekend and it felt a lot better although we got very little dry time because of the weather. In the opening race, I didn’t get a good start so had my work cut out to get a result and ended up in 11th place.”
“Race two saw me get a better start and I was feeling good when I lost the front end and slid right across the track, somehow managing not to get hit by the pack so I’m feeling very lucky. Despite that, I felt we made some good progress and hope we can continue that at Snetterton in two weeks’ time.”
Teammate Peter Hickman's weekend never recovered from a nightmare qualifying session, where the Louth rider was eliminated in Q1. On his way to finishing 13th in race one, Hickman set the tenth fastest lap and secured a place on the grid row of the grid for race two. Hickman took full advantage to secure eighth place.
Despite his race day recovery, Hickman has now dropped out of the top six positions in the championship and now trails Ryuichi Kiyonari by five points. His next chance to regain that position will come at Snetterton on the brand new 300 layout in two weeks.