Jenny Tinmouth declared herself pleased with her progress despite crashing out of both races at round three of the British Superbikes Championship.
Ellesmere Port racer Tinmouth, 37, exited races five and six of the season early at Brands Hatch racing circuit over the weekend but had been in the mix with the rest of the field before crashing out.
And Tinmouth believes there are plenty of positives to take from Kent, with the Honda Racing rider next in action at Knockhill in Scotland for round four on June 24-26.
“Considering I crashed out of both races I’ve had a really good day,” said Tinmouth.
“My lap times have been so much better than last year and I am chuffed to bits with my progress.
“We made some changes to the Fireblade and I think I’m riding a lot better, so all in all it has been a good weekend and positive.
“We’ve come away with quite a bit to work on ready for the test at Snetterton, I am disappointed to crash and sorry to my crew having to rebuild the bike, ready for me to crash again in race two.
“The first crash I went for a gap, as you do, and couldn’t see anybody in my peripheral and we didn’t see each other, so we came together.
“But it is one of those racing incidents. In race two I was pushing on and enjoying Graham Hill and found a good pace through there, but it’s one of those things you push too hard on your best and try to chip away, and I unfortunately lost the front and that was that.
“But overall I’m so happy and it’s been so much better than last year with my lap times, I’m so much closer to the rest of the field and pretty much in the mix now.”
Tinmouth’s Honda teammates Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran had a mixed bag of results, with Linfoot registering 10th and fifth-placed finishes in races one and two respectively while O’Halloran crossed the line eighth in race on and sixth in race two.
“For Jenny crashing out of both races wasn’t ideal as I felt that she had more to give as was producing some great lap times and the consistency is definitely improving,” said Honda team manager Havier Beltran.
“She just pushed a little too hard into Graham Hill and lost the front, it doesn’t help her leaving here with two DNF’s, but I don’t think her confidence has been harmed.
“We have a test coming up at Snetterton so hopefully we have a few things we can throw in there to pick us up for Knockhill.”