JENNY Tinmouth returns to the British Superbike Championship this weekend vowing to give it her ‘best shot’.
The 33-year-old rider from Ellesmere Port made history last year when she became the first woman to race in Britain’s premier motorcycling series.
But after experiencing problems with her bike, Tinmouth parted company with the fledgling Splitlath team after just three rounds and dropped into the British Supersport Cup for the remainder of the season.
Now she has a new team and a new bike – and is looking forward to getting another taste of Superbike action this weekend when the series revs into action at Brands Hatch.
Tinmouth, a mechanic from Whitby, said: “The big difference this year is that I will be racing with my own team, Two Wheel Racing.
“But it’s difficult to say how I will do as British Superbikes is so competitive.
“The aim is to just keep getting good times while getting used to my new bike.”
Tinmouth, who will be piloting a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade formerly run by EVO class Superbike rider Craig Fitzpatrick, is a co-owner of the Two Wheel Racing team.
Her new bike was bought with the help of Manx Glass and Glazing, GB Racing, friends and family.
Tinmouth, who holds the record for being the fastest female rider at the Isle of Man TT, has spent several months preparing for the new season.
“Winter has been spent practising at venues like Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Silverstone and making changes to the bike,” said the former Whitby High School student. “I will still be going to the Isle of Man for this year’s TT as it should not affect the BSB season.”
Tinmouth will have the continued support of insurance firm sorrymate.com and Hardinge Machine Tools Ltd.
She said: “It is going to be a busy season so it is great we approach it knowing we are well supported.
“I am looking forward to the start of the season, but it’s going to be hard as it is so competitive.
“I still have a bit of time to make up – I need a second and a half to get mid-park.
“There will be different compound tyres so that makes it very hard to judge how it will go until the season gets underway.
“But I will be giving it my best shot.”