Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Tommy Bridewell stepped up onto podium in both races at Oulton Park, finishing top Ducati rider and scoring Moto Rapido’s best result of the year to date.
After showing promise throughout the practice sessions and finishing Free Practice 3 at the top of the time sheets, Moto Rapido Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell lined up for a wet Race 1 on the front row in 2nd place. Tommy managed to take the lead on the opening lap and led the first half of the race before being passed by Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki). Dixon was able to pull a gap at the front and take the with Tommy finishing a strong 2nd place, with a comfortable gap of 10+ seconds over third-place finisher Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki).
Be Wiser Ducati’s Andrew Irwin had battled up from 9th on the grid to cross the chequered flag less than 2 seconds later to score his best result of the season in 4th.
Unfortunately, Glenn Irwin’s bike stalled on the grid before the start of Race 1 meaning he forfeited his 2nd row grid position and had to start the race from the back of the grid. The Be Wiser Ducati however made several passes to claim a valuable points finish in 12th position.
Tommy started Race 2 from the second row of the grid in 5th. He maintained his position on the opening laps before going on to pass Michael Laverty (Tyco MBW Motorrad) and Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) before going on to take his 2nd podium of the weekend after finishing in 3rd behind Dixon and Haslam.
Glenn started mid pack and fought his way valiantly up to 5th on the penultimate lap. He ultimately had to settle for 6th after having 5th taken from him on the run up to the line by Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha).
Andrew lined up for Race 2 on the front row of the grid in 2nd place. A sluggish start saw him drop several positions, but he was able to finish in 9th. A great result as he achieved his aim of finishing inside the Top 10 for both races.
Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati #46) – Race 1, 2nd, Race 2, 3rd
“I’m not making any excuses but there’s still a little bit of me that’s still understanding the Ducati towards the end of the race so we’re still learning. But we’re top Ducati yet again and it just goes to show that with the right team, just what I can do.
I had confidence in the team and myself and we had pace in the wet and in the dry. It’s lovely to back it up in both conditions. Race 1, after Jake got away, I could just relax a bit, but in the second race I had to dig deep, really deep for it. But the bike was working absolutely spot on, Jake and Leon have just got a bit more momentum than me at the minute and there’s more at stake for them, so they have to ride a bit harder.”
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #2) – Race 1, 12th, Race 2, 6th
“Unfortunately, the bike stalled at the beginning of race one and I had to start at the back of the grid and although I’m normally good in the damp conditions, I didn’t carry the confidence I’d gained in practice into the race, so it was a long 16 laps. It was a bit of a blip but in race two I fought as hard as I could and once I got going, my pace was similar to the leaders. Coming from 14th on the grid to sixth place was good and the bike felt strong and the team have worked really hard all weekend, like always, so a big thanks to them.”
Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #18) – Race 1, 4th, Race 2, 9th
“Race 1 was really good and although I had a few moments, they came when I was a little bit eager and trying to make up the ground a little bit too soon. Had it not been for that it could well have been a podium although I was still more than happy with fourth at this stage of my BSB career. Unfortunately, I made a bad start in Race 2 and rode tense for the first dozen laps but after that things started to flow again and ninth ensured I’d finished both races inside the top ten which is always my aim.”