ERC Endurance Ducati signs Tommy Bridewell for the 2020 edition of the Suzuka 8 hours
After a more than positive test at Le Mans, ERC Endurance Ducati signed british rider Tommy Bridewell for this years Suzuka 8 hours edition (01. November 2020) at the iconic Japanese track. Bridewell knows the Ducati Panigale V4R bike from the British Superbike Championship (BSB) and got a overall third on it last year in 2019.
Bridewell jumped in at the ERC Endurance Ducati test at Le Mans, replacing Randy de Puniet who had other commitments due to his job as TV commentator for the MotoGP season opener at Jerez.
Bridewell showed more than competitive lap times even though it was his first touch of the Le Mans track. Onboard the ERC Endurance Ducati Panigale V4R, Bridewell was amongst the very fastest on track during this test.
The test at Le Mans was very, very good. The first couple of sessions for me it was learning the circuit, as I had never been to Le Mans before. So it was a bit of a learning curve, but I really enjoyed the circuit and loved how the track was. Secondly it was the first time working with the team and the first time on the Endurance-spec V4R. Once around I got my head round that it was a very, very strong test. I feel very fast and one of the strongest there fairly comfortably. I am really happy with that. The V4R Endurance-spec bike – I was really pleased with that, because on the Endurance bikes you have a big fuel tank, to get as much in as possible but it was comfortable! Wow! I was happy with the fuel tank of the V4 – because a lot of the tank is under the seat and this gives the rider a very nice feeling – very similar to my BSB-spec or the World Superbike. The bike is, what I know and obviously a very strong package. I had already last year said at Suzuka that I would wish to ride a V4 there because from my experience with the Chassis and the aerodynamics and the geometry of the bike it would make for a very strong package there. And now I am able to feel that as such and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to see how the V4R is at Suzuka. Of course there are a lot of factors with heat and temperatures and so on – but I feel with the right tyre support there is no reason why we couldn’t fight for the podium in Suzuka. I am really looking forward to that opportunity and see, where the future goes for us.