Bridewell pens new Oxford Racing Ducati deal for 2020 BSB season

Tommy Bridewell will continue with the Oxford Racing Ducati (Moto Rapido) team in the 2020 British Superbike Championship, it is confirmed

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Tommy Bridewell and Oxford Racing Ducati will once again compete together in the 2020 British Superbike Championship following its hugely successful title-contending 2019 campaign.

The experienced BSB race winner joined forces with the Moto Rapido squad – which races under the Oxford Racing banner – during the second-half of the 2018 season and quickly experienced success on outgoing twin-cylinder Ducati Panigale with four podiums in the final seven races.

Retained for 2019 as the team swapped to the latest generation Ducati Panigale V4 R, Bridewell and Oxford Racing have been arguably the revelation of the season, notching up ten podiums in the opening eight rounds to forge a path straight into the Title Showdown.

Bridewell’s fourth BSB Title Showdown bid but a first title tilt for the single-entry Oxford Racing team, the duo have toasted their success by coming to an early agreement for 2020.

“I think for me the emphasis is on continuation and building on what we have done this year, because I have never had that continuity before and in this game that makes a big difference. We have seen how strong the V4 is and for me there was never any doubts - it was important to stay in this team, in BSB for 2020.

“Me and Wilf [team owner] just work! Honestly it is a great team for me to be with and that shows in what we have done so far this year. It is that time of the season; but we have our Showdown place confirmed already, our deal for 2020 confirmed already and that puts us in a really strong position now before the end of the year.”

Oxford Products commit to Bridewell, Moto Rapido again

With Oxford Products also staying on board for another year, Moto Rapido owner Steve Moore is delighted to have his 2020 plans sealed well in advance

“The 2019 season for Oxford Racing has been fantastic, rewarding all our sponsors with 10 podiums so far and never holding less than third in the championship standings. With Tommy being a serious championship contender, I have been keen to keep the momentum going by securing and announcing our 2020 plans earlier than normal. 

“This time of year the paddock talk starts to focus on next season, which can be a distraction for the teams and riders.  So my plan was to secure Tommy for the 2020 season as soon as possible.  It’s a huge compliment to have so many high quality riders express interest in joining our team, a credit to the professional job my team do, but Tommy was of course my first choice. 

“It is a bit of a shame he is much more expensive than last year now that is the price of success I guess! But I think we can attract some more sponsors from our achievements. So now the silly season of 2020 uncertainty is over for us, we can get on with 2019 and plan a testing schedule for next year.”

Despite his impressive success on Ducati machinery recently, Bridewell has now scored 18 podiums without managing a win since 2015 at Oulton Park.