MOORSIDE MOTORCYCLE ace Ashley Beech is aiming to be back on the race track at Donington Park onMay 23/24 after suffering a nasty crash at Brands Hatch last month in the second round of this season’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championships.
The 27-year-old steel engineer broke bones in his hand and foot after the accident on lap 10 in which he was thrown over the handle bars of his Kawasaki ZX-10R landing heavily on the travel.
And he had hoped to build on that success at Brands Hatch where he had the seventh fastest time in qualifying and third place on the grid, despite having handling issues.
As the race started, Ashley was boxed on and dropped to 12th place before starting to climb back through the field until his crash.
He was taken to the medical centre for assessment and x-rays showed he had broken a bone in his hand and had a suspected fracture to his foot, injuries which are likely to prevent him racing for at least four weeks.
Ashley, who missed the third race of the season at Oulton Park, has had mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch with a pole position and fourth place in previous visits, but also another serious crash 12 months ago.
He started racing at the age of six on mini moto’s and has progressed to the National Superstock Championship, one level below Super Bikes which is his long-term goal, as he races for Jones Dorling Racing.
The team travelled to Cartagena, Spain, for four days of testing before this season’s championship began on April 6 at Donington Park.
And Ashley began the season in confident mood as team manager Chris Jones said: “I think we showed our potential in 2014. Ashley improved his lap times by over one second at every circuit and finished the season with a fourth place at Brands Hatch, less than one second behind the Factory Honda.
“We are aiming to build on this and I am confident that we have the rider, team, and bike capable of being a regular feature on the podium.”