Race 3
BSB 2024
Round 5

Bridewell bags a pair of seconds

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In a weekend of changing conditions and red-flagged races, Honda Racing UK rider Jack Kennedy put the disappointment of Saturday behind him to win in a fantastic supersport race. BSB teammate Tommy Bridewell doubled down with a pair of second-place finishes.

Bridewell bags a pair of seconds

With clear skies overhead, the Bennetts British Superbike riders took to the grid for the opening race of the day. In the centre of row two, Andrew Irwin was hopeful of propelling himself into the podium battle thanks to his fifth-place grid slot. Back in sixteenth on the grid, as a result of not setting a lap time in yesterday's race, Tommy Bridewell had his sights firmly set on salvaging as many points as possible for his championship defence. With rain forecast mid-race he also knew it was vital to progress as far up the field as possible in the event of a likely red flag. Dean Harrison lined up in nineteenth. 

In a remarkable display of overtaking, Tommy Bridewell scythed through the pack in the race to climb from sixteenth on the grid to third in just four laps. On the inside or outside, corner exit or corner entry it appeared he could almost pass at will such was his dominance. His teammate's races at this stage though had been slightly scrappier affairs. Andrew was caught in the early race dogfight and dropped to seventh, whilst Dean battled hard to maintain his position. 

With rain falling the red flag was waved and all riders returned to pit lane. A wet race was then declared, although the track itself was dry, and riders returned to the grid for yet another five-lap dash. Tommy would line up in third, Andrew seventh and Dean nineteenth. 

In this five-lap sprint, Tommy suffered a poor start which dropped him back to fifth in the opening lap. Nonetheless, he dug deep and showed his championship-winning credentials with a determined recovery to second by the end of lap two, a position he would hold to the end of the race. Andrew meanwhile battled hard to finish fifth and showed promising pace whilst Dean was pipped by 0.001 seconds at the line to finish in nineteenth. 

In the second BSB race of the day, the full length sixteen lap feature, all three riders made slow getaways from the line and were bruised in the early race scrap. Tommy dropped from his third place grid slot to fifth with Andrew not far behind in seventh. Dean’s rocky start too saw him drop from nineteenth to twenty second. 

Undeterred, Tommy soon dug in and by half race distance was up into second and right on the rear wheel of his 2023 championship adversary. He then reeled off fast lap after fast lap to pile on the pressure to the leader Glenn Irwin. Andrew at this stage too was lapping at leading pace and was running at the tail end of the leading group of six riders. 

Pushing hard on the final lap, Tommy’s desire to win was clear for all to see and although leading briefly when Glenn ran wide mid lap he was just not able to make a move stick for the lead. Needless to say, a pair of second place finishes adds valuable points to his championship tally, albeit he now relinquishes the series lead. Andrew would finish in another solid sixth whilst Dean fought his way back up to seventeenth at the flag. 

In the day’s sole Supersport race, Jack Kennedy banished the disappointment of Saturday to secure his third win of the season after a race long battle brimming with clean hard racing with championship rival Ben Currie. 

The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action in a fortnight's time at Brands Hatch for round six.

Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell 1
Honda Racing UK
Yeah race one was an enjoyable one for definite, in truth those short aggressive races aren’t always my forte. I got a bad start and dropped back to sixth or seventh and thought ‘Oh no I thought I’d done all the hard work in the previous start.’ Needless to say, I managed to pull back through and could see Glenn out front. I was overriding a little and we made a little mistake in not fitting two new tyres when it was declared a wet race. The new rear was pushing the front. But look, we started sixteenth and finished second and it was an enjoyable race. Race two just was a bit of a tough one to sum up in truth, in some areas I felt really really strong, but then in other areas I was having to work really hard to stay with the others. In all truth, this circuit was always going to be a little tricky because you need the power here with a long uphill straight after a tight corner. I gave it everything though and to come away with two seconds after a bit of an off yesterday is super positive. I’m happy, the team is working great and Honda is working hard, we know what we need to work on and we will go away and keep on pushing. 

Andrew Irwin
Andrew Irwin 18
Honda Racing UK
Race one was definitely a better result, but I think I’m still a little too kind at the start of the race. I got a bit beat up and then shuffled back so I think a little more aggression at the start would help. To come away from race one with a fifth and to be frustrated gives a good indication of where we are. It was a short race yes, but we weren’t far away from the podium fight which is positive. Then in the second race we ran in the front group for the whole race and proved that we have the pace now to run closer with the front guys. Over the course of a long sixteen lap race we’ve finished just two seconds back from the front. Yes the results this weekend aren’t incredible, but a seventh, fifth & sixth shows that we are getting some consistency. We’ve arrived at the group we want to be racing with, the next step is to start fighting with that group. I’m looking forward to getting to Brands and keeping this momentum going. 

Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison 5
Honda Racing UK
We’ve just had one of those weekends where we’ve been on the back foot all weekend. The combination of weather and some little technical problems has cost us track time, which ultimately means you are spending the weekend in a recovery mode. This game is all about momentum and it can be difficult to build that at times. In the first race I actually got a really good start and we were running with the group from tenth all the way back to us, I felt good on the bike too so I thought we were on for a good result. Then it was restarted and I got clipped at the start and dropped to the back pretty much. With only five laps it’s super difficult to get going again. In the second race, lap time wise we aren’t far from running in the top ten positions, we just have too much to do from our grid positions. I’m looking forward to Brands and having a solid problem free weekend which allows us to show our real potential. 

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