HONEYBOURNE-based JD Racing and their rider Ashley Beech found solutions to some nagging problems as Beech finished 18th in round seven of the National Superstock Championship at Thruxton on Sunday.
After changing mid-season from Kawasaki to BMW power, Jones Dorling Racing have experienced a number of unexplained problems with the new race bike and in particular with the traction control system.
Traction control can be turned off when the bike is ridden on the road but for safety reasons it has to be active when racing in order to limit the risk of high-side crashes.
The BMW S1000RR is fitted with a tilt switch which monitors the lean angle when cornering and after a specified degree of lean the electronics on the bike will enable the rider to control the amount of power used through the throttle.
“I need to slide the rear wheel in order to point the bike in the right direction out of the corners, which is not happening at the moment,” said Beech before round seven.
“Once the bike is upright it feels like a missile and if we can solve the cornering problem then I am confident the results will follow.”
In the first of two qualifying sessions, a new tilt switch was fitted but the bike was still not powering out of corners and Beech finished a disappointing 20th quickest.
A new fuel pump was fitted but again the problem persisted and Beech slipped to 23rd quickest.
Overnight the team technicians worked late into the evening to fit a new electronic control unit in time for the ten-minute warm-up session on race day morning and, bingo, problem solved!
“For the first time the bike is doing exactly what I want it to do but I still have a race ahead of me and starting from row eight is going to be tough,” said Beech before the race.
He got off the line with the pack but was baulked when entering the twisty Campbell and Cobb corners and dropped back a few places but, once he regained his rhythm, he started to move through the field to eventually finish in 18th place.
The next round of the championship is at Brands Hatch on August 7. Follow the team’s progress at www.jonesdorlingracing.com, on Twitter @JDR_Racing or on Facebook by searching Jones Dorling Racing.