MOORSIDE MOTORCYCLE racer Ashley Beech was hit by mechanical problems as he was forced to retire from round 11 of the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Silverstone.
The penultimate round of the superbike series took place on the iconic Northamptonshire circuit and, with its mixture of incredibly fast straights and tricky corners, it is widely regarded as a tough circuit to learn and master.
Beech, who rides for Jones Dorling Racing, and his team had a four-week break since the previous round but no time to relax as they had been busy testing their Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike.
Unfortunately in any form of motor sport it is impossible to plan for the unexpected so, when a fuel pump failed during practice, it was hardly an ideal start and Beech could only manage a disappointing 16th place on the grid.
Beech made a great start to the race but the power problem recurred and by the half-way stage he was dropping down the field before he decided to pull into the pits.
He rejoined the race, but the problem still persisted so Beech was forced to retire.
The final round is at Brands Hatch on October 18 and Beech and his team will be working hard to get the bike ready in time for the season finale.
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