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MOTORCYCLING: Bridewell makes Milwaukee switch
8:55pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
WILTSHIRE rider Tommy Bridewell wll ride for his third team this season ahead of the final three Showdown rounds of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Bridewell, who joined the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team earlier this summer after quitting the Bathams Honda line-up, has been signed up by Milwaukee Yamaha ahead of this weekend's round at Assen.
The Etchilhampton rider, who claimed two podium finishes in rounds at Cadwell Park and Donington Park for Halsall, will join up with Milwaukee, who have secured their place in the Showdown - at which the championship's top riders do battle for the title - alongside James Ellison.
Bridewell has risen up the standings over the past three rounds and in the last seven races, only championship challengers Shane Byrne, Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes have eclipsed his points haul.
The Wiltshire man said: “I need to thank Shaun Muir and Milwaukee Yamaha team for this incredible lifeline that they have given me and I am over the moon to be in this position and riding for such an established and respected team.
"Without a shadow of a doubt Shaun’s team is one of the strongest in the BSB paddock and this is what I have worked so hard all my life for.
"I have had a strong run of results recently and I hope that I can do a good job because believe me I am grabbing this opportunity with both hands.
"I feel I have grown as a rider over the past seasons and I now I just need to move forward, progress and to do the best job I can for Milwaukee Yamaha.”
He added: ""I wish to thank Martin Halsall and the entire Halsall Racing Kawasaki team for the opportunity to race their bike at the previous three rounds of the 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship meetings.
"The results that were achieved in such a short space of time were absolutely brilliant and it was a real team effort for which I'm truly grateful.
"Thanks to my team and to Lee Costello too, I wish them a safe and successful remainder of the season.
"We now move on and this is a brand new chapter for me and I'm very much looking forward to working with Shaun Muir and his team for the Showdown rounds.
"The Milwaukee Yamaha is an excellent motorbike and I'm relishing the opportunity of working with a British Championship winning team alongside James Ellison."
Milwaukee team owner Shaun Muir added: “We have reached a critical time in the season now and every point will count towards the championship.
"James (Ellison) obviously has his position inside the top six and for us the second rider in the team at this stage needs to be acting as a wingman and upsetting the results for the other riders in the Showdown.
"With Tommy becoming available this is the ideal opportunity for him to play a huge part in the outcome of the championship and utilise our second bike to its full potential.”
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