MOTORCYCLING: Bridewell happy after first tests

This Is Wiltshire: ommy Bridewell (right) with new teammate Josh Brookes (left) and team boss Shaun Muri ommy Bridewell (right) with new teammate Josh Brookes (left) and team boss Shaun Muri

ETCHILHAMPTON rider Tommy Bridewell declared himself satisfied with his first pre-season tests with Milwaukee Yamaha ahead of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship.

Bridewell and teammate Josh Brookes completed their first pre-season tests at the Cartagena and Alcarras circuits in Spain as the team bid to lift a second title.

Bridewell was the pace-setter at Cartagena as he evaluated a number of set up changes to the Milwaukee Yamaha, building on his previous experience with the team from the final three rounds of the 2013 season.

The first official test which takes place in next month at Donington Park and Bridewell said: “The tests have been really beneficial. Cartagena was really good, although we had a small crash which was just annoying more than anything else.

“I was feeling comfortable on the bike and we had been working through a few small things before we lost that bit of time.

“We then went to Alcarras and I was suffering a bit on the first day, which we found to be a problem with the forks after the crash.

“The team rebuilt the chassis and changed the forks and it completely transformed the bike and we made leaps and bounds in progress.

“I was 1.7 seconds faster on the second day. I am happy with how we have finished up as we are not a million miles off and we turned it around on the final day.”

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