Motorcycle racing isn't a sport for the faint hearted, as Ellesmere Port's Jenny Tinmouth showed at the weekend.
The Chester-born racer miraculously escaped unscathed from a spectacular crash during the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.
The Honda Racing rider, the only woman to have competed in British Superbikes, crashed out of both races at the Norfolk circuit but was lucky to escape injury following her off in race two where her CBR1000RR Fireblade was thrown into a cartwheel across the track at Brundle, sending Tinmouth sprawling across the asphalt.
Thankfully, Tinmouth walked away from the crash unscathed but the race was red flagged as a result of the debris left on the track. The result was called with two thirds of the race completed and Shane Byrne took top spot from Tinmouth's Honda team mate Dan Linfoot in second and BMW's Michael Laverty in third.
“It’s been a bit of a trying weekend really,” said Tinmouth.
“I think I’ve just been overthinking all weekend and the second race I just cleared my head and started chasing down the group in front of me and my lap times were so much better.
“I’m leaving here learning not to overthink things.
“So thinking about all aspects of the Fireblade, what it’s doing in corners, what I’m doing in corners and just really tying myself in knots with it.
“The second race was better and lap times were better than qualifying, but I pushed on just a little too hard and tucked the front, but my times were coming down.”
Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran added: “Jenny had a big off, but thankfully she is fine and unhurt, but I need to have a look at that and understand what happened, I know she lost the front on the brakes; it’s frustrating as she’s trying so hard.”