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Aug 1, 2014

Bridewell Sets The Pace During British Superbike Practice Friday At Thruxton

Tommy Bridewell (46).

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship

Thruxton Circuit, England

August 1, 2014

Free Practice Session Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:15.845

2. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:15.884

3. Michael Rutter, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:15.938

4. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Duc 1199 Panigale R), 1:16.044

5. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 1:16.208

6. Dan Linfoot, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.310

7. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:16.352

8. Josh Brookes, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 1:16.487

9. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.494

10. Richard Cooper, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.500

11. Patric Muff, Switzerland (BMW S1000RR), 1:16.502

12. Stuart Easton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.510

13. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.605

14. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.634

15. Lee Jackson, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:16.786

16. John Hopkins, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:16.839

17. Josh Waters, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:17.001

18. Jon Kirkham, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.042

19. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.121

20. Ben Wilson, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.306

21. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:17.429

22. Ian Hutchinson, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:17.632

23. John Ingram, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.809

24. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:18.859

25. Shaun Winfield, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:18.994

26. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:19.095

27. Christophe Ponsson, France (Bim BB3), 1:20.082

28. Rhalf Lo Turco, Brazil (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:21.225

More Americans competing at Brands Hatch:

James Rispoli, riding his Team Traction Control Yamaha YZF-R6, was 12th-fastest in Motorpoint British Supersport Free Practice Two. Rispoli's best lap time was 1:18.725. Alastair Seeley, who also rode a Yamaha, was fastest in the session with a 1:17.445.

Jayson Uribe was sixth-fastest overall and fourth in the Moto3 class in Motul British Motostar Free Practice Two on his FPW Racing/R5R Honda. Uribe's best lap time was 1:24.089. Jordan Weaving, riding a Moto3-class KTM, led the session with a 1:23.250.

Anthony Alonso, who regularly competes in the 125cc class of the Motul British Motostar Championship on his SP125/BARF Racing Honda, was not listed in the results for Free Practice One or Free Practice Two.

Former AMA Pro regular Ben Young, a resident of Canada, was 29th out of 40 riders in 1000cc Superstock Qualifying Session One. Riding his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, Young turned a best lap time of 1:19.784. Lee Jackson, riding a BMW S1000RR, earned provisional pole position with a time of 1:17.093.

More, from a press release issued by British Superbike Championship organizers MotorSport Vision Racing:

Round six Thruxton 1-2-3 August 2014



Free practice one:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:16.020s
2: Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.691s
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.903s
4: Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda) +0.947s
5: Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +0.958s
6: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.998s

Free practice two:
1: Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) 1m:15.845s
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.039s
3: Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) +0.093s
4: Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +0.199s
5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.363s
6: Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.465s


Tommy Bridewell fired in a late scorcher to out-gun series leader Shane “Shakey” Byrne in the opening free practice for Sunday’s sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at the high-speed Thruxton circuit. The top 16 riders were covered by an incredible 0.994s ahead of tomorrow’s Datatag Qualifying session.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Bridewell has just returned from competing in last Sunday’s Suzuka Eight Hour race in Japan and he fired in a stunning time of 1m 15.845secs late on in the second session. However Byrne responded instantly, closing within 0.039s of Bridewell in the final minutes.

Bridewell, based in nearby Devizes, was delighted with his performance at a circuit on which he has not had enjoyed good results in previous years. “We have worked on the setting of the bike and it is working out just perfect. The bike feels really strong and the engine is fast so I am just enjoying my riding. Now we have to keep working hard and pushing ready for the races as that is what is important, but it is nice to be fastest today.”

Byrne in contrast has a strong pedigree at the Hampshire circuit, including a win double last year, and though he finished the day second. He said: “I absolutely love riding this circuit, it’s a bit like the M25, fast, flowing and wide and while we still have things to try, I’m feeling good. We had new brake discs to try and my first flying lap of the morning was actually faster than my fastest race lap of last year so that was a good starter.”

Michael Rutter set the third fastest time on the Bathams BMW, just eclipsing the Czech Republic rider Jakub Smrz on the Millsport Ducati and Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari, who like Byrne, is chasing a record fourth British title.

Dan Linfoot, riding for the Bournemouth-based Quattro Plant Kawasaki team and Peter Hickman on the RAF Reserves Honda eased Aussie Josh Brookes on the second Milwaukee Yamaha back into eighth place.

Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki’s Chris Walker and Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki’s Richard Cooper completed the top ten in a closely fought session. Josh Waters, the winner of the wet second race last time out at Brands Hatch, was sixteenth fastest on his Tyco Suzuki, but still less than a second off Bridewell.

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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:

The Milwaukee Yamaha team got the Thruxton round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship off to a flying start in Hampshire with Tommy Bridewell topping the timesheets in the opening free practice sessions.

Hunting for strong results at his home circuit, Bridewell upped the pace this afternoon to lead the chasing pack by 0.039s. The Devizes-based rider is aiming for another podium finish at his home circuit and is feeling confident ahead of the qualifying session. Team-mate Josh Brookes set the eighth fastest time, 0.642s adrift of Bridewell and is determined to come out fighting for the pole position tomorrow.

Brookes said: “Today I have been getting back into riding the Milwaukee Yamaha after experiencing the Suzuka Eight Hour last weekend on a different style of Yamaha and different tyres, but I have to say that today has been pretty good. At the moment we are halfway between settings with the wheelbase and the gearing and we have been focused on that because we need to find a balance between them so that we get the acceleration right. We want to have the best of both worlds but I am happy with today and looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

Bridewell said: “Today has been good, we were second this morning and it was a good start. We made some minimal changes after FP1 as I said to the team I felt comfortable on the bike so there is no point on making major changes. This afternoon I just pushed a little bit harder so I am really happy with the way the bike and the team are working. It is a long weekend though and anything can happen so we just have to keep our feet on the floor and I believe that there is still quite a bit of time left in me and the bike. We now just have got to keep our head down and keep working as it is the races that count.”

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