MOTORCYCLING: Mixed fortunes for Tommy

Tommy Bridewell, pictured in action at Thruxton yesterday (Picture by Paul Korkus)

Tommy Bridewell, pictured in action at Thruxton yesterday (Picture by Paul Korkus)

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WILTSHIRE rider Tommy Bridewell had to be content with a solitary points finish as Milwaukee Yamaha teammate Josh Brookes celebrated a double victory in the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton.

In the opening race of the day Brookes instantly fired into winning contention, taking the lead on the seventh lap before edging out his rivals to win the race by just over four seconds in imperious style.

Etchilhampon ace Bridewell was engaged in a tussle for fifth position which he held on to score valuable championship points.

In the second race Brookes again headed off series leader Shane Byrne to score his first double victory of the season to close on points in the overall standings.

Bridewell’s home round ended in disappointment with a technical problem forcing him out of the action, with the next round at Oulton Park this weekend.

Bridewell said “In the first race I had wanted more than a fifth place but it was some points if you are looking at the positives of it.

"In the second race I wanted to settle into a rhythm because I had a bit of a plan. I came out of Church and we had a problem with the bike and I knew it was over straight away.

"It was unfortunate, especially as we have worked so hard again this weekend, but I suppose the Thruxton demons continue to get me here.

"It is disappointing as I know we have the pace but now we just have to focus on Oulton Park and getting back where we need to be.”

Team co-ordinator Mick Shanley said: “I think from Tommy’s side he had a strong performance all weekend and had a solid ride to score the points for fifth place in the first race.

"Unfortunately he couldn’t build on it in the second race with the problem we had, but we know he is capable of scoring podiums so we will be ready for Oulton Park.”

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