MOORSIDE MOTORCYCLE racer Ashley Beech had a painful end to his National Superstock 1,000 Championship campaign.
In the 12th and final round at Brands Hatch, the 28-year-old crashed heavily at a speed of more than 100mph on a slippery track with two laps remaining.
Beech, who had moved up the field from 20th to 10th place, was taken to the circuit medical centre where he was found to be concussed, but thankfully had no broken bones.
It was a disappointing ending after Beech had been finishing the season strongly after a difficult year.
Halfway through the season the team changed bikes from Kawasaki to BMW and it took several rounds to get the BMW S1000RR race bike to suit his riding style.
But, after a run of top 10 finishes all the hard work had started to pay off.
In dry and bright conditions Beech completed first practise at Brands Hatch sixth quickest, close to his personal best around the 2.43 mile circuit.
Beech improved his lap times in first qualifying to finish eighth quickest.
He went even quicker in the second qualifier and, despite beating his personal best time, he dropped down to 12th which indicates how competitive this series has become.
Just half a second quicker and he would have moved up to fourth.
Beech made a bad start dropping to 20th at the end of the first lap before settling into his rhythm and for the next 10 laps he charged his way through the field moving up to 10th place before his race came to a premature end following a crash.
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