TOMMY Bridewell claimed another podium finish but surrendered the lead at the top of the British Superbikes Championship following the latest round at Knockhill.

Etchilhampton’s Bridewell finished fifth in race one in Scotland as Danny Buchanan claimed victory, before improving to third place in the second contest.

Scott Redding triumphed in race two, to go alongside a second-placed finish in the opener, to overtake Bridewell at the top of the championship standings.

Redding sits on 176 points after five rounds, four ahead of Oxford Racing Ducati rider Bridewell.

Bridewell said: “I am over the moon to be on the podium. Not even remotely after Friday and Saturday did I think I would be sat here.

“I really struggled this weekend to get feeling from the bike. I just didn’t really feel comfortable – it has been really hard work.

“In the first four rounds, it really flowed, but this weekend, I really had to dig and ride a lot out of my comfort zone.

“We managed to blag it somehow and credit to the team, they were permanently studying the data and every session made the bike better, which allowed me to go faster.

“It was always going to be hard. I didn’t think I had the pace and I was surprised to stay as strong as I did.”

The championship resumes with round six at Snetterton on weekend of July 19-21.