Beech Boost for Team Appleyard/Macadam at Snetterton
By: Tasha Crook | Published 16 June 2008, 18:33 | Views: 912 | tags: bsb, fuchs-silkolene british supersport championship, relentless british 125gp championship, 125gp, team appleyard/macadam, ashley beech, jordan thompson, robin appleyard, deane brown, snetterton, norfolk
At the fifth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend, Team Appleyard/Macadam rider Ashley Beech put in his best performance of the season by finishing 7th in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship race. Teammate Jordan Thompson also performed well, finishing 13th in the Relentless British 125GP class to equal his best result of the season.In earlier qualifying, the team had made key changes to the geometry of Ashley’s Yamaha R6 which vastly improved the ‘feel’ of the bike and gave him more grip. This translated into better mid corner and exit speed - vital through the ultra fast corners of the Snetterton circuit. Ashley eventually qualified in 8th place, just 0.6 seconds off the pole time, earning him a second row grid position. In the race, Ashley made a great start and ran in 5th position drawing enthusiastic praise from the TV commentators before getting involved in a hectic five-way scrap including the number one riders of the ‘official’ Honda and Suzuki teams. When the race was red flagged early, Ashley was still running strongly to record his best finish this year in what was only his 5th competitive ride in the Supersport class.
Jordan’s weekend started more steadily following his recent surge in form and after making quite a few changes to the bike’s set-up, he qualified in 17th position. In the race itself, he got involved in an exciting dice with five other riders to finally clinch 13th place, and yet more Championship points.
Team Manager Robin Appleyard summarised the team’s performance;
“We feel we have turned a corner with the new set-up for the Yamaha R6 and with Ashley demonstrating the kind of form we have become used to, this has translated into a superb result. To be running in the top 10 after just 5 races and dicing with top Championship contenders such as Suzuki’s Ian Lowry and Honda’s Steve Brogan is very encouraging and shows that Ashley is an exciting prospect for the future.
Jordan’s performance was also very solid in that he equalled his best result of the season and scored yet more Championship points. We’re now preparing for the next round at Mallory Park where Jordan will have a busy weekend with two races – the extra race arising from the cancelled 125 event at Donington Park earlier in the year.
Looking further ahead, the BSB doctors have recently checked Deane Brown’s progress as he recovers from his leg operation and indicated that he is on target to start racing again in time for his ‘home’ event at Knockhill in early August. As ever, the main priority is for Deane to be absolutely ready before he rides again but everyone in the team is keen to have the squad back to full strength soon.”
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