Local motorbike racer Ashley Beech riding the Jones Dorling Racing BMW S1000RR produced a great performance in the opening round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship at Donington Park last weekend. The Jones Dorling Racing team are running two bikes in the championship this season, with the 2nd BMW being ridden by Josh Boyd of Solihull. The first round of the MCE British Superbike Championship saw the introduction of a new format in the shape of a 100 mile two part race for the support series. In a very wet and newly formatted single Qualifying session, Ash manageed to qualify 13th place for the afternoons 100 mile stint. In part 1 of the race Ash started from pit lane after the decision to switch tyres as the track conditions were mixed.As the race started, the rain began, just as Ash had switched to Dry tyres. This made the first 18 lap stint increasingly difficult as the rain was caused problems and finished 22nd in difficult conditions on a drying track. After a seamless and fantastic pit stop from both pit crews Ash started on row 7 and had a flying start, battling his way through the pack, determined to move up the field during each lap to finish in 7th place. The 100 mile races are something not to be missed!
After agreeing to ride with the Jones Dorling Racing BMW for 2017, Josh produced a solid performance in his first race for the team in the opening round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship at Donington Park last weekend. The Jones Dorling Racing team are running two bikes in the championship this season, with the 2nd BMW being ridden by Oldham racer Ashley Beech. The first round of the MCE British Superbike Championship saw the introduction of a new format in the 100 mile two part race for the support series. Josh Qualified 25th in soaking wet track conditions on the Saturday morning before the 100 mile race. In part 1 of the race Joshua finished 19th after a decision to run Full wet tyres, this provided a great start and battled his way to 11th place in difficult conditions until the track dried out near the end of the first 18 lap stint. After a seamless and fantastic pit stop from both pit crews Joshua started on row 7 with his teammate Ash, but had a harder second stint with some setting problems and a near miss on the last corner, finishing in 26th place. The next 100 mile race will be back at Donington Park but under the hosting of the World Superbike Championship.
The 2nd race on the Sunday however was a mixed bag or events. The race started well for both Ash and Josh, both making up places in the first couple of laps and showing some very strong potential. However on the 3rd lap a rider fell at McCleans corner, leaving himself and his bike in the middle of the track. Josh has to avoid the rider at full race pace, narrowly missing the rider at 125mph, but unfortunately clipped the side of his Yamaha still on the track. Initially there wasn't a problem, yet when it came to the next track, Josh realised that the side of his engine had been struck, and broke the casing on the side of his engine. Oil flew out of his bike and onto his back wheel, and Josh slid off and several other riders followed suit after the oil was scattered over the track, causing a Red Flag. Fortunately no riders were harmed but Josh's BMW was unfit to continue in the restart. Josh's bike was purely cosmetic damage (plus a new engine casing) and will be repaired in time for the 2nd round at Brands Hatch in a fortnight.
Before the restart, Ash decided that a few minor alterations were in order for the front end suspension on his bike, to give more feel when entering a corner. As the race restarted Ash noticed that the front end wasn't responding as strong as it was previously, and that there was a bigger problem with the suspension. This gave Ash chatter when entering a corner, therefore hampering his corner exit. After a few close run-ins and running on in some corners, Ash managed to finish in 12th Position with a bike suffering with lack of feel. Ash leaves the first round in 11th place in the championship and Josh aiming for that top 15 at Brands Hatch, where they will both has a increased distance race (38 laps around Brands Hatch Indy) and a normal race on the Easter Monday. #88 #92