MOORSIDE MOTORCYCLE racer Ashley Beech returns to National Superstock 1000 Championship action this weekend (September 9/10) at Silverstone, hoping for a much needed upturn in fortunes.
The 29-year-old has been plagued by mechanical problems in recent rounds, including the last one at Cadwell Park where he didn’t even make the start line.
Beech and his team had attended a test day at the Lincolnshire circuit the day before the event to attempt to cure the brake problems that have plagued him for the last few rounds.
But despite making progress, unfortunately Beech took a tumble into the gravel. He was unhurt in the crash and initially his BMW S1000RR race bike seemed to have suffered just superficial damage to handle bars, foot pegs and a dented petrol tank.
This was not the case as he soon found out during the practice sessions on Friday when the bike felt unstable and the team suspected that the frame may have been bent.
Short of time to check and fix the problem, Beech was forced to qualify on the ill handling bike to make sure he was able to start the race on Sunday.
Beech struggled with the poor handling in the corners and could only managed 20th place and a start on row seven of the grid.
The team’s technicians worked late into the night checking the frame and finding it had suffered more damage than was first thought.
“I went out in the morning warm up session but the bike felt unstable and to race would put me and other
riders in danger so it is with regret that decided to withdraw from the race and concentrate on a return at Silverstone,” said Beech.
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