Jenny Tinmouth says she was left ‘devastated’ after a crash forced her to miss race two of the latest round of the British Superbikes Championship at Thruxton race track at the weekend.
Chester-born Tinmouth, from Ellesmere Port, crashed out of race one during round six of the championship at the Hampshire track and was unable to return for the second race.
Fortunately, the Honda Racing rider emerged unscathed from the accident in race one but, having enjoyed a strong weekend up until that point with some impressive lap times posted, was forced to sit out the second race, much to her disappointment.
“It had been a good weekend overall until race one,” said Tinmouth.
“I’m chuffed to bits with my lap times they’ve been really good and a massive improvement compared to last year, which we managed pretty much straight away in FP1.
“It’s been positive and I’m really gutted I clipped the curb there in race one and unfortunately the Fireblade was a little too damaged and couldn’t be turned around in time for race two, so I had to sit that one out.
“I am devastated about that as Thruxton is one of my favourite tracks and I was having a good weekend.
“But now we just need to regroup and move our focus to the next round at Brands Hatch.”
It was the second weekend of disappointment in succession for Tinmouth, the first and only female rider to compete in British Superbikes, after she crashed out of both races during the previous round of competition at Snetterton a fortnight ago.
Tinmouth’s Honda teammate Dan Linfoot also crashed out of race on at Thruxton but there was some cheer for the team as Jason O’Halloran took second place to leave him third in the overall standings. Linfoot finished ninth in race two.
But despite the mixed fortunes on the track, Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran was keen to focus on the positives for both Tinmouth and the team and hoped that her setback hadn’t damaged the confidence she had gleaned from a season of improvement for the factory outfit, who she joined at the beginning of last season.
“Well it’s been a challenging weekend for us here,” said Beltran.
“It’s been a mixed weekend for Jenny, she was progressing with her times but a small mistake in race one has done a lot of damage to the Fireblade, so she wasn’t able to take part in race two.
“I just don’t want this to damage any confidence she’s built up, which sometimes small mistakes can.
“We now have a few weeks before Brands so we need to look at this weekend and see where we can move forward.”
Round seven of the competition heads to the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent over the weekend of August 5-7.