MOORSIDE motorcycle racer Ashley Beech’s fortunes improved in round two of the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
In the two-race event at Brands Hatch, Beech finished 15th and 14th, a contrast to the opening round at Donington Park where mechanical issues saw him placed 33rd and retire in the second.
This was the first of three planned visits to Brands Hatch for Beech where for this event the shorter 1.2-mile Indy circuit was used with each of the 24 laps taking less than 50 seconds to complete.
After a crash at Donington Park two weeks earlier, Beech’s team had been working hard to have his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike repaired for the second round.
Although the rain had stopped during the first of two practice sessions a damp track prevented the riders posting quick lap times but with a dry track in the second session Beech put in a string of consistent laps to finish 20th quickest.
After a lot of bumping and barging Beech dropped two places on the opening lap, but quickly moved back up the field to cross the line in 15th place.
Race two was a similar story losing a few places in the opening lap but he fought hard to finish one better in 14th.
“Two points scoring finishes was a good result, but there is still work to be done on the bike before I can threaten the top ten,” said Beech.
He will be back out on track on May 7 at Oulton Park.
Follow his progress at: www.jonesdorlingracing.co.uk