Posted: 17 Sep 2013
Halsall Racing Kawasaki has announced they will not be running Tommy Bridewell in the remaining rounds of the 2013 British Superbike Championship.
The West Country man, who joined the team after leaving Bathams Honda at Oulton Park in August gelled instantly with the team taking top five results and the team’s first ever BSB podium at Cadwell Park a few weeks later. A feat he then repeated at Donington a week later.
However, team owner, Martin Halsall has revealed the Devizes youngster will not appear for the team this weekend at Assen, or indeed for the rest of the season. The team will continue to run Lee Costello for the remainder of the season and confirm he’ll be with the team for 2014.
Halsall commented: “We have been extremely pleased with the performance of Tommy Bridewell over the recent BSB rounds. He is an extremely talented rider, who has truly demonstrated the capability of our bikes and proved that we are contenders for the championship in 2014. While I am encouraged by our performances, I have had to evaluate the situation carefully following discussions with Tommy. Our overnight success with two recent podiums has effectively elevated Tommy and his value as a rider in both the domestic and world stage, to the point where he has received potential offers to ride for other teams.”
“The costs associated with operating a team in British Superbikes remain high and while I am confident that Halsall Racing will be operating a two man team for next year, we just need to assess our current position carefully. I can confirm that we will be running with Lee Costello in 2014 and I look forward to continuing the development and relationship I have built with Lee from Superstock into BSB. He is a talented rider and I stand by the commitments I have made to Lee and appreciate the dedication that he has shown to me during his time at Halsall Racing.”
“We have received approaches from other riders, who would like to take our second bike next year in BSB and we are assessing those options with the individuals concerned. We will obviously make further announcements in due course. It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision and wish Tommy every success in whatever options he chooses to take for the future. He has proved his capability and I am sure that he has evaluated his options carefully to ensure he has the best opportunity for future achievements. I would like to extend my thanks to him personally for the success with the team over the last few rounds.”