MOORSIDE motor cycle racer Ashley Beech continues to be plagued by mechanical gremlins.
Beech’s latest woe happened at Knockhill, Scotland, during round five of the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
The 29-year-old was hoping for a much needed change of luck after a crash in round one but an engine blew up at a test session while other technical issues had left him and his team frustrated.
In sunny and dry conditions at Knockhill, Beech finished the Friday practice session 20th quickest but was struggling with power output and on such a tight and twisty track, not being able to pull out of corners was making progress difficult.
The team worked through the night to fit a new engine, but the problem persisted and despite improving his lap times he ended second practice in 18th place.
In the afternoon with new tyres fitted Beech finished qualifying 20th and started the race on row seven on the grid.
“The team are working so hard and I am riding on the edge but we don’t seem to making any progress” said a frustrated Beech.
With two races scheduled during the weekend, Beech started race one well but was still struggling with a lack of power and was forced to retire on lap 10 for safety reasons.
After a team meeting on Saturday evening the difficult decision to withdraw from race two on Sunday was made and instead they will send the bike to engine tuning specialists to test engine and electronics to identify the problem before the next round at Brands Hatch on July 22.
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