The Bike Devil team recruited 26-year-old Kent rider Tom Ward last weekend at Snetterton, and he rode three solid races making his debut in the Bennetts British Superbike class. He gained three 16th places in the races over the weekend, which is an excellent start for him and the Bike Devil team.

Moving to the premier class was a big ask for the former Superstock 1000 rider, but he approached the weekend with maturity and tackled everything that came his way. During practice and qualifying, he continued to improve his times, and his grid position did not reflect the effort he put in. He did lap after lap and made progress in every session.

Tom started the opening Superbike race on Saturday from 18th place, a steady start saw Tom drop a position after the opening lap, but he soon got his head down and into a routine. He narrowly missed out on a Championship point finishing in 16th.

Tom’s lap time put him in 18th for the second race of the weekend, again another steady start and he was soon into a rhythm, finishing the 16-lap race in 16th once again. The pace was fast in race two, and his lap-time dropped him to 21st place on the grid for the final Superbike race of the weekend.

“It was an excellent weekend; we progressed quite a bit over each session and made some big improvements on the bike. It’s great to be working with Pete and the whole team; it was great to be working with someone with so much experience. It’s been positive to get one round under our belt and extremely excited to get to Silverstone and hopefully, now we’ve got used to the bike we can take a step forward, mix with the faster riders and get in the points. I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with the Bike Devil team for the rest of the season.”

Tom Ward

“Tom has come in and done a great job throughout the weekend and improved in every session. He was a real pleasure to work with, and he did an excellent professional job. We are looking forward to seeing him gel more with the bike and improve at Silverstone.

Dave Tyson – Team Boss