BSB: Another World first for Cheshire rider Jenny Tinmouth in British Superbikes
Donington Park, Apr 9th 2015 – In a sport where testosterone prevails there are in fact some fast females, collecting points and bigger accolades that others can only dream of.
Jenny Tinmouth of Ellesmere Port in the UK has added yet another 1ST towards her ever growing collection, she is the fastest female around the magnificent Isle of Man TT course to name but one.
Having raced as a privateer in the British Superbike Championship, and the first female to accomplish this feat in the history of the series in 2011, and in glorious sunshine over this past bank holiday weekend, Jenny became the first female racer in history to compete in an official national race as part of a factory-backed team at Donington Park.
A large crowd at the track welcomed all the riders to a sundrenched track with not only blistering practice and qualifying laps the racing itself had everyone on their feet such was the class of racing in every event.
Ellesmere Port racer Tinmouth, signed up by Honda Racing as part of their three-strong team for this year’s championship The 36-year-old, who raced as a privateer in the Superbike series last year, crashed out of race one before technical difficulties prevented her from making a return to the track for race two on the same day.
But despite her disappointment at not getting the start she had hoped for, Tinmouth remained upbeat following her first competitive outing on her new machine and she already has one eye on the next round at Brands Hatch in Kent on April 17-19.
“On one hand I’m disappointed not to have been able to get out for race two, but I’ve also learnt a lot. “I’d like to just say a huge thanks to my team for putting the bike back together after my ‘off’ in race one and sorry to them to keep giving them some work. I’m chuffed to bits with the bike. It’s amazing and can’t wait to get back on it at Brands.”
Tinmouth, on board her CBR1000RR Fireblade, had suffered technical issues in qualifying and started from 35th on the grid. She suffered a high side early on, crashing out and ultimately ending her involvement in the Easter weekend action.
Tinmouth told her 27,000 followers on Twitter: “Gutted with my weekend, lots of spills. Unfortunately I got hit going into the Melbourne loop by Ralf (Lo Turco) in race one which bent my exhaust.
“I came into the pits and the team got it straightened out and I rejoined the pack behind the safety car but unfortunately I had a rear-end slide into the start/finish and went down. The team did an amazing job to try and get me out for race two but there was more damage than first thought and there wasn’t enough time to get it fixed before the start.
“I’m gutted but still chuffed at the same time. The team have been brilliant all weekend and I’m still learning all the time.”
Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran, who says this season for Jenny, is about learning and development was pleased with the opening weekend performances of Tinmouth, Linfoot and fellow team-mate Jason O’Halloran.
“At times it has been a difficult weekend with set-up issues and also with Jenny not able to start race two, but all in all we’re happy enough and look forward to getting to the second round and seeing what we can do there,” he said.
Report and photos supplied by Glynne Lewis