ASHLEY Beech had further misery in round 11 of the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Oulton Park.
The 29-year-old from Moorside was forced to retire for safety reasons due to heavy rain.
The venue for the penultimate round of the championship was the tight and twisty 2.6 mile Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.
And despite a points scoring finish the previous weekend at Silvertone, Beech was still getting to grips with his new BMW S1000RR race bike.
Persistent mechanical issues with his old bike had forced the team to make the decision to purchase a replacement bike which means starting again to find a good base set up, not ideal with only two rounds remaining.
Rain showers shortly before first practice on Friday looked to disrupt the session but the sun came out and the track started to dry and Beech put in a string of fast laps to finish 11th quickest.
Changes were made to the suspension and despite showers and a damp track Beech improved his lap times in final practice and he remained 11th quickest.
In qualifying, Beech moved up to ninth quickest and started from row three on the grid.
A good start and Beech was comfortably in the top 10 at the end of the first lap and produced his fastest lap of the weekend on lap two but he was unable to keep up the pace and poor handling caused him to slip down the field to cross the line in 20th place.
The series organisers have added an additional race at this round so further adjustments to the suspension were made before race two on Sunday.
Grid positions for the second race are determined by the lap speeds set in race one meaning Beech started from the sixth row of the grid.
Again the weather played an important part when it was declared a wet race with heavy rain falling just minutes before the warm up lap. As they lined up on the grid the sun came out and if the conditions remained the same then the track would dry very quickly so all the riders had to make a last minute decision on which tyres to use.
Beech and the team opted for a wet front and a dry rear which was a gamble. Unfortunately it did not pay
off and within two laps he was struggling with grip around most of the circuit so he decided to retire from the race.
Beech will be back in action at Brands Hatch on October 15 for the final round of the championship.
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