Wiltshire rider Tommy Bridewell will contest the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship aboard a brand-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR for Sheffield-based GR Motosport.
The 28-year-old from Devizes has signed a deal with Managing Director Brent Gladwin to ride the Team WD-40 Superbike continuing the long association title sponsors WD-40 as well as support from Kawasaki UK for the 12-round series.
Bridewell, who is a twice MCE BSB race winner, was a podium finisher at Oulton Park last season as well as setting pole position at the final round at Brands Hatch and who eventually finished 11th in the final standings, having been in the Showdown the two seasons previously. He returns to Kawasaki following a successful spell in 2013 aboard the Halsall Kawasaki which resulted in two podiums.
Gladwin, who has masterminded a number of British Championship successes in recent years, including winning the 2016 Dickies British Supersport Championship with Tarran Mackenzie, will continue the partnership with former Grand Prix Team Manager Geoff Crust as well as support from Kawasaki UK.
Tommy Bridewell: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with Brent and especially pleased to be riding for Kawasaki once again so I’m really looking forward to the season. I know the team has pushed the boat out to ensure I have a really competitive package and that’s the main reason I’m here. They are as determined as me for success and with the help which Kawasaki are giving us, and the reputation on new the ZX-10RR which came so close to winning the title last year, I intend to be challenging from the start.”
Brent Gladwin: “As soon as we started talking with Tommy, there was no one else we wanted on the bike and I’m delighted he’s joined us. We know we have a great team and the new Kawasaki ZX10-RR, with the support from Kawasaki, will help us immensely. Geoff and Tommy are really on the same wavelength about what this opportunity means so it’s our intention to maximise that potential. Be in no doubt, we are here to challenge for the title and with Tommy and Kawasaki, I believe we can do that.”
Ross Burridge, Kawasaki Racing Co-Ordinator: “The WD-40 Kawasaki team have grown into one of the most competitive teams in the BSB paddock, showcasing this brilliantly by taking the British Supersport title last year, Kawasaki’s first in 26 years. I truly believe that now is their time to take it to the next level and make their mark in the Superbike class. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, plus the services of the talented Tommy Bridewell, the recipe is certainly there for success. I wish them the best of luck for 2017.”
The opening round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Donington Park on March 30/April 2. For further information, please visit www.grmotosport.co.uk and www.britishsuperbike.com.
Picture attached: Brent Gladwin and Tommy Bridewell
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