MOORSIDE motorcycle racer Ashley Beech continues to be plagued by problems in the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
In round four at Snetterton, Norfolk, Beech was forced to retire after only two laps through handling problems.
After a crash at Donington Park in round one, his BMW S1000RR race bike has been plagued with handling problems which was eventually identified as being caused by a bent frame.
With a new frame fitted, Beech attended a test day at Snetterton, but unfortunately his engine blew up and dumped oil the entire length of the Bentley straight bringing an end to the day’s testing.
His team had three days to rebuild his bike with a new engine so he arrived at Snetterton with essentially a brand new but untested bike. Experimenting with gearing and suspension settings, Beech finished the practice sessions 24th quickest.
Changes to the geometry of the bike and Beech improved his lap times and ended qualifying in 29th place.
“We were basically starting from scratch but there were small improvements in each session”, explained Beech.
Despite a good start to the race it was immediately apparent that the handling problems had not been resolved and with slow exit speed from corners Beech decided to retire after only two laps.
He said: “A massive thank you to the team for all their time and effort this last few weeks, but it seems we still have a lot to do before the next round.”
Beech will be back out on track on July 8 at Knockhill in Scotland and you can follow his progress at www.jonesdorlingracing.co.uk on Twitter @JDR_Racing or on Facebook JonesDorlingRacing