MOORSIDE motorcycle racer Ashley Beech has taken delivery of a new bike as he bids to get his National Superstock 1000 Championship campaign back on track.
The 30-year-old, whose campaign has been plagued by mechanical issues, has switched from a BMW S1000RR race bike to a Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Beech, who will be back in action at Silverstone on Sunday, September 9 was back in action at Cadwell Park after missing the previous two rounds.
He said: “I had so many technical issues with my BMW S1000RR race bike this year I made the decision to switch to a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the remainder of the season.
“The BMW is a great bike but motorcycle racing is all about confidence and I hope this switch will reboot my year and I can fight for championship points again.”
The new bike arrived on the Wednesday before round eight of the championship at Cadwell Park which left Beech and his team one day to fit new suspension, forks and brakes before arriving at the circuit.
In the first of two practice sessions, Beech put in some consistent lap times and with a few minor changes to the geometry of the bike he improved his lap time by more than two seconds in the second session.
Minor changes before qualifying and again his lap time improved to finish 16th quickest and a start from row six on the grid.
“First impressions were good, the bike is smaller than the BMW and better suits me physically and I am able to flick in and out of corners easier,” he said.
Beech started well but towards the end of the first lap he was struggling to stop the bike going into corners and after only two laps he was forced to retire when his brakes failed and to continue would have been dangerous to himself and other riders.
“Brake fade can happen on any bike and at any time so I’m disappointed but the new Suzuki feels good and with a three-week break until the next round, I will take the opportunity to do some testing,” he said.
It is too late in the season to challenge for the championship but, with four races left this year, the target is to get the bike sorted and ready for the start of the 2019 season.
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