ASHLEY BEECH enjoyed a much-needed change of fortune in round eight of the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Thruxton where he finished 12th.
It was far more than the Moorside motorcycle ace had achieved in the two previous rounds when he has been blighted by mechanical problems.
The 27-year-old was in the top three at the half-way stage at Knockhill where mechanical failure forced him to retired.
And it was similarly frustrating for the JD Racing rider in round seven at Brands Hatch where his race was over even before it started when he had to retire on the warm-up lap due to a broken gear shifter on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.
There was a change of fortune atthe 2.4 mile Thruxton circuit in Hampshire widely regarded as the fastest on the calendar.
Ashley finished final qualifying in 11th place and, after another rider was disqualified, he was promoted to 10th and row three of the starting grid.
He dropped to 15th at the end of the opening lap, but fought his way back up to end 12th and have a points scoring finish.
“That was hard work under the circumstances, I had to use slip streaming in order to get back up to the riders ahead of me and leave it very late on the brakes approaching corners to hold on to my position,” explained Ashley.
There was a three-week break after Thruxton until the next round at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, which will be on August 21/23.
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