British Supersport rider Jenny Tinmouth is the latest in a long line of talented young riders to confirm plans to race at the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races.
The fastest female rider in the UK, Tinmouth is set to become the first woman to compete in the solo classes since France’s Fabienne Migout rode in the Supersport and Production 600cc races in 2004.
Tinmouth, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, started racing in the 125cc class in 2000 and soon progressed to the MRO Championship. By 2003, she was a regular in the 125cc British Championship, scoring her first points a year later at Mallory Park. That year also saw her become the first female rider to lead a British Championship solo race when she led the Brands Hatch round for a number of laps.
She enjoyed extremely strong years in 2006 and 2007, finishing 21st and 17th respectively in the Championship with a best result of seventh coming at Oulton Park. Tinmouth scored points in eight of the 13 rounds in 2007 and also began to compete on a 600cc Honda. Last year she made a full time switch to the Supersport class and ensured it was another great year, finishing seventh in the British Supersport Cup.
Tinmouth also took 10th place in the prestigious Mallory Park ‘Race of the Year’ event.
In 2009, the 30-year-old will again participate in the British Supersport Cup, riding her CBR600 HondaRR. On her TT debut, Tinmouth, a motorcycle mechanic for Two Wheel Workshop, will contest the two Relentless Supersport TT Races and the Royal London 360 Superstock Race on the Mountain Course.
‘I have always been a big fan of the TT so I’m delighted to be making my debut on the Mountain Circuit. Adding the TT to my schedule has given me a real boost with both my existing and potential new sponsors. This means that, I’ll have all the necessary back-up to be competitive and also allows me to concentrate on my riding.’
‘My trip over to the Island at the end of last year was invaluable and it was great to receive expert tuition from the Rider Liaison Officers Richard Quayle and Johnny Barton. I’m aiming to spend my first year at the TT learning the course and I want to make the TT part of my schedule in future years.’
TT Riders Liaison Officer and TT and Manx Grand winner Richard Quayle added:
‘Jenny is a talented rider and having her commit to the TT is a terrific boost to the races.’
‘When she visited the Island for a few days last year I was really impressed with her attitude and professionalism. She’s totally focused and doing plenty of preparation in readiness for her TT debut and I have no doubt that she will acquit herself really well and be a feature on the entry list for many years to come.’
Tourism and Leisure Minister Martyn Quayle said:
‘Jenny Tinmouth is the latest in an ever increasing list of talented young riders committing to the TT for the 2009 TT races. We’re building a really strong line up and I’m sure that many fans will enjoy watching her tackle the course.’