A CHALLENGING National Superstock 1,000 series for Moorside motorcycle racer Ashley Beech ended with a points finish in the 12th and final round at Brands Hatch.
Beech was hoping to complete the season on a high after being plagued with bad luck throughout the year, a crash during testing, bent frame, twisted forks and persistent brake problems had frustrated him.
But with faults rectified the team had been concentrating on the suspension settings on his BMW S1000RR race bike and good progress was made during recent testing so a good result at the last round would be just rewards after all the hard work.
Lap times during the first practice session were encouraging and after suspension adjustments he improved his time by almost two seconds to finish 11th quickest in final practice.
Further changes to the front suspension was made to cope with the bumpy sections of the track but despite again improving his lap times he slipped to 14th quickest in qualifying and would start the race from the fifth row on the grid.
With suspension improvements made and dry sunny conditions on race day, Beech lined up on the grid with 14 gruelling laps ahead of him.
As the lights went out, Beech started well and had moved up a few places on the first lap before swerving to avoid colliding with two riders who had crashed ahead of him.
The safety car was deployed for two laps before racing continued and it was frantic action from the start battling with a group mid pack.
He moved up to 14th by half race distance but was pipped on the last lap to cross the line in 15th position.
“A tough season but to finish in the points was satisfying but more importantly the bike is improving and should be good for the start of next year,” he said.
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