British Superbike rider Jenny Tinmouth declared herself satisfied following a weekend on home soil which saw her record some personal best times and a trio of finishes.
The Ellesmere Port biker, part of the Honda Racing squad, was in competitive action at Cheshire’s Oulton Park track for the second time this season, as the championship contenders sealed their place in the top six ‘Showdown’.
Last weekend’s event, held in front of a huge, sun-blessed crowd, was one of two on the calendar to feature three top-class races on the bill instead of the normal two – one on Saturday and two on Sunday.
In Saturday’s race, Tinmouth made progress after qualifying 31st out of the 32-rider field, crossing the finish line in 22nd.
'Improving each time'
The following day, the 38-year-old Chester-born speed queen again notched up some encouraging laptimes as she was classified 24th in both races – the latter as the sole Honda Racing finisher following a low-speed crash and a gearbox for her respective team-mates Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Hallaran.
Speaking following the race meeting, Tinmouth said: “I’ve enjoyed this weekend so much on the Fireblade, I feel the package I have now is good and I’m improving each time.
“The first race I had a good start and got into a battle with the guys in front.
“This afternoon (Sunday) was also good; I had another good start, which I was happy with.
“I got into another battle with a few riders, but unfortunately went straight on at Hizzy’s (chicane) but managed to catch up and got back in there.
“It’s good to leave my home circuit with three race finishes and some personal bests, it’s nice to see what we have been working on is coming together.
'Top Honda finisher'
“I’m looking forward to Donington now and thankfully we don’t have to wait long!”
Havier Beltran, Honda Racing team manager, said after Sunday’s races: “Jenny was our top Honda finisher there in the final race and I am just pleased it’s all coming together for her, she was 24th in both races today and it’s all good progress.”
There were reasons to be cheerful for Tinmouth’s team-mates O’Halloran and Linfoot, as both claimed spots in the Showdown, which sees the top six riders compete in the remaining seven races for the championship, while the rest of the field – including Tinmouth – battle it out for personal pride and points.
The next round of the series will be held at Donington Park on Sunday, September 18.